Huge changes in the police force have marked the Bombay police, now known as the Mumbai police or the Brihanmumbai police. But the 19th century Gothic heritage structure at Crawford Market, headquarters to Mumbai’s finest, remains the same, at least from the outside.

The big difference is that now it is a virtual fortress, but there are plenty of people, especially journalists, who remember when you strolled in, met the officer of your choice for a story or a cup of chai, and just strolled out again. Now, shored up by five joint commissioners, the commissioner of police, while “protecting the good and punishing the bad”, must deal with terrorism, cyber crime and an increasingly aggressive public who demand accountability and answers. It ain’t easy!


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