India’s first and highest (woman) ranking officer Dr. Kiran Bedi - joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. Her expertise includes more than 35 years of creative and reformative policing and prison management. Dr. Bedi joined the police service "because of her urge to be outstanding She held the post of Director General at the Bureau of Police Research and Development before she voluntarily retired from the IPS in December 2007.
An Indian social activist, Dr Bedi is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which reach out to thousands of under -served children, women and men in the areas of education, vocational skills, environment, counseling, and health care to the urban and rural poor, including prisoners and policemen's ' children. Currently her NGOs are running Community College, registered with Indira Gandhi National Open University, to provide vocational and soft skills to Indian youth.
Dr. Kiran Bedi worked with the United Nations in New York as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She represented India in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues.
Dr. Bedi began her career as a Lecturer in Political Science (1970–72) at Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar and moved to join the Indian Police services. Dr Bedi holds a Law, Masters, Doctorate degree. She is also a Nehru Fellow (post-doctoral) -- Been a National and an Asian Tennis champion. Dr. Bedi has addressed audiences at the American, British, European, Indian Universities, Corporate and Civil Society groups.
Dr. Kiran Bedi is an author of several books, namely It's Always Possible, What Went Wrong, As I See, Broom and Groom and Uprising 2011.She has a biography, ‘I Dare’, and is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines. Dr. Bedi anchors has radio and television shows, was the host and judge of the popular TV series "Aap Ki Kachehri" (English, "Your Court"), which is based on real-life disputes and provides a platform for settling disputes between consenting parties.
Recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize), and several other national and international decorations, she has also been in the vanguard of a nationwide India Against Corruption Movement: Police and Prison Reforms.
Dr. Kiran Bedi has been voted as India's most admired (THE WEEK 2002), most trusted woman in India. (Readers Digest, March 2010), MSN Most Admired Indian Female Icon 2011: Most Trusted woman by Navbharat Times 2012.