“I still miss the Rahagiri Day in Navi Mumbai every Sunday”
Vijay Patil, who is heading Highway Police of Maharashtra State as a Superintendent of Police (HQ) Mumbai says that I still miss my days in Navi Mumbai as a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) from the year 2010 to 2014. Patil has been credited for starting the “Rahagiri Day” initiative in Navi Mumbai. He still feels like being the part of “Rahagiri Day” if he happens to be in the city again. Excerpt from talk between Newsband Sr.Correspondent Abhitash D.Singh and Superintendent of Police Highway (HQ), Mumbai Vijay Patil.
Could you tell us about your childhood?
I was born in Mumbai (Matunga) in 1964 and also bought up here. I completed my B.sc (Physics) from Ruparel College (Matunga) in the year 1985.After completing my basic studies I started preparing for my competitive exams to fulfil my dreams of becoming a police officer.
Did you chosen police job as your first Job, and also give us the details about your career till date?
No, before joining police force I was working as an Inspector in sales tax department at government office and I have worked there for 5 years later in the year 1996, I joined as a Deputy Superitendent of Police at Nashik Academy. I have also served at Akola, Amravati Rural Achalpur sub-division then transferred to Mumbai protection department and later promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Enforcement, Kurla Division), served at Ratnagiri lanja division as a Deputy Superitendent of Police and then promoted to Superitendent of Police (State CID Crime) and in the year 2010 as a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Navi Mumbai which was a newly created post at that time. In the year 2014 I was transferred from Navi Mumbai to Nashik as a Zonal Deputy Commissioner of Police and in May 2017, I was been given the responsibility of SP of Highway Police in Mumbai.
Tell us what was the best part of your duty in Navi Mumbai?
The best part in Navi Mumbai for me was spearheading the “Rahagiri Day” when it was launched in March 2014. Even though I was there for very less period I enjoyed it. After the transfer to Nashik, I used to miss my “Rahagiri Days” every Sunday in Navi Mumbai. Even now if I get the opportunity to be a part of such type of initiative in Navi Mumbai when I happens to be in the city then I will grab it with both hands.
What made you want to be a police officer in the first place?
I have always dreamt of serving the nation by becoming a police officer and for the same I have worked very hard and there was nothing fancy about it.
How did you become interested in law enforcement, were there any other family members in law enforcement?
No, there were no family members in law enforcement I was the first in the family to become a police officer, but my friends were into law enforcement and I got encouragement from them.
Is there a lot of overtime and are you paid for it?
Constables are paid overtime breakfast allowance if they work for more than 12 hours, but the officers are not paid for it and they have to work for 14 hours.
What do you like best or worst of your job?
The best part of police job is access everywhere and also how much you are interested and devoted to your job. According to me there is no worst part of my job because I look only good side of my profession. Let others look at the bad side of profession.
How do you deal with the stress of being a police officer?
As a police officer we have a lot of stress and the best way to deal with stress is to give time to your hobbies, enjoy meeting more people so that your public relations improves and you will also get a good knowledge, talk on different issues which are not related to your job and also exercise during working hours.
From where do you find the courage to deal with some of the situation you have to deal with?
There are end numbers of situation and end numbers of solution for it. Maintaining law and order in every situation is very important and therefore the courage comes from within to deal with any situation without any hesitation.
What your daily schedule is like, are there dangerous/exciting situation every day?
Yes there are dangerous and exciting situation in our job every day and the dangerous situation come sudden for us for example,26/11 but to tackle the situation we use common sense and we are also trained to tackle this type of situation and many police officers lost their lives during the fight and we are proud to face the dangerous situation.
Do you have any idea to lower drunken driving related death?
Specific enforcement and education is very important to lower drunken driving related death, drunken driver should be strictly punished that he should have a fear in the mind of drunk driving and in future he will drive without drinking, they should also be educated about safe driving.
How do you separate work from your personal life?
During work I enjoy and appreciate my work but if the same things if I apply in my personal life then it will not work. I enjoy my personal life with my family with great joy because if you go home and discuss your work at home with wife even she will not be interested in listening to it.
What is the most interesting part of your duty?
According to me some people purposely do the mistake and the people keep the trust on administration that they will do something, but they keep mum. Stern action should be taken against those who misconduct people and damage the public property. The interesting part of our duty is through investigation and detection of the case and if the case is solved we are the happy person on the planet.
Which hobbies are you interested in?
I like reading any good literature books and listening to light music songs.
Let me know about the sport which enthrals you?
I have general interest in sports. I enjoy cricket but there is no specific interest.
Which food do you enjoy?
I like everything in food, but I prefer simple Indian food.