Hyderabad: It was one of the toughest decisions Richa Tomar had taken in her life. Two years ago, she had two options before her. One was to take care of her one-year-old son Shivansh in New Delhi and forget a career in the Indian Police Service. And the second, attend the IPS probationary training at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.
The dilemma, which kept her on tenterhooks for quite some time, cleared after her family and in-laws assured her that they would take care of the child. She mustered courage and moved to Hyderabad.
On August 24, Richa will be one of the toppers of the 70 (Regular Recruits) IPS probationer batch marching at the Dikshant Parade to be held at the SVP NPA.
Richa, who pursued her education right from school to college in government institutions at her native place in Uttar Pradesh, strove hard to become an IPS officer. Hailing from a farmer’s family in the remote Hasanpur Jiwani village in Baghpath district, she faced several challenges in life. “For the last two years, it was a completely different situation for me. My son used to face problems identifying me when I tried to speak to him on phone as I was away from home to attend training,” she said.
Controlling her emotions, she successfully completed training and emerged as one of the toppers in the batch. Richa has been allotted the Rajasthan cadre. Tomar’s father Rajendra Pal Singh is a farmer while husband Rajnesh is an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in New Delhi.
When asked about her priorities here on Thursday, Richa, a postgraduate in Microbiology, said she would lay more focus on controlling crimes against women and children. “Any minor incident should not be ignored because chances of it turning major are high. There should not be any negligence in dealing with minor incidents,” she added.