Tajender (TJ) Singh Luthra

Director General of Police, India


Master of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania ‘17
Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication, Panjab University ‘10
Certified Public Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants ‘00
Chartered Accountant, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ‘87

By education, TJ is a Chartered Accountant. Professionally, he is the Director General of Police in India, and Chief of Police in Chandigarh, a territory with a population of 1.3 million. In his role, he commands a force of 7,500 police officers. TJ is passionate about women’s protection, children’s rights and social justice. He has initiated many community programs such as Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action, which imparts vocational skills training to children at risk to help them secure gainful employment. TJ also implemented a program that educated his police force on empathy to increase their effectiveness, encourage more humane policing and build trust in the community.

Outside of his work life, TJ enjoys spending time with his family and writing poetry. He published an anthology of his work, Assi Ghat Ka Bansuri Wala, in 2012. Looking ahead, he hopes to apply his learnings from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program in his police work and to enhance the level of public service.

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