GANGTOK: Sikkim Police’s Superintendent of Police for West Sikkim Tashi Wangyal has been conferred the prestigious President’s Police Medal 2021. Wangyal, who has been in active duty since 1993, has been shortlisted in the category of Police Medal for Meritorious Service among 650 other Police officers in the country.
Meritorious Service categorises the long service to Police Department and the awards are declared on Republic Day and Independence Day every year.
Born in Barfung near Rabongla in South Sikkim, Wangyal did his schooling from Tashi Namgyal Academy completing the same in 1987. He later pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the prestigious Hindu College of Delhi University in New Delhi, following which, he opted for Police Service.
Wangyal is a fitness freak, an avid cyclist and and has been doing everything possible to make cops in West fit and smart.
“I have served everywhere in Sikkim for the past 28 years, beginning as Sub Divisional Police Officer in Soreng, West Sikkim back in 1993. I have also served as Additional SP for East Sikkim. I have served in the Special Branch and Training Branch as well. I have trained many recruits in the Sikkim Police,” Wangyal told EastMojo.
Among the highlights of his career, Wangyal was part of United Nations Peace Keeping Force on two occasions, the first of which was in Kosovo (formerly Yugoslavia) in 2001 and in Sudan in the African Continent in 2008.
“It is called tour of duty with the UN,” the SP said.
Wangyal has served in his present capacity as Superintendent of Police for 7 years now. He has served as the Commandant of Sikkim Armed Police, as part of the 3rd Indian Reserve Battalion. He has been serving as SP West Sikkim since June, 2020.
Among the standout service, Wangyal recalls that he was part of Sikkim Police force trying to pacify the riot that occurred in Gangtok in 2013. “I was trying to pacify the crowd, cool down the tempers. In 1995, there was a big bank robbery where over Rs 13 lakh was stolen. We were able to recover the money within 2 days when I was SDPO in Soreng. I have been at the establishment of the Indian Reserve Battalion, from their recruitment to their training,” he stated.
“It is a proud moment, this is the ultimate prize for every police personnel. If we retire without the police medal, the years feel a bit lackluster. We hold the service in great esteem. The message that I give my boys and girls here is to be physically and mentally fit and to always be a better person. Doesn’t matter if you can deliver in your job but be a good person,” said Wangyal.
The procedure for nomination is done by the Police Department through the State government and then sent to the Ministry. There are always 4-5 names sent by the State, annually one or two police officers are conferred with the title. The awards are sent by the Ministry in Delhi to the State Government, who confer the award to the officer by the Governor of the State, either on Republic Day or upcoming Independence Day every year.