We wanted to celebrate Women’s day with hero’s. These Heroes are real; they live among us, protect us and make a difference in every person’s life without us even knowing about it. A real Hero - Arpita Patel- ACP Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- Did you always want to be in IPS? How long have you been in this field?
Well both my parents where in Government jobs, I knew I wanted to be in public service from the beginning, it was one of those things where the family generations choose the same line and I am very proud that I did.
I have been in this field for 7 years, currently, I am the ACP of Ahmedabad, in the L division with Ranip, Madhavpura, Sab Riverfront, Sabarmati & Chandkheda stations under my division.
- Being a woman what barriers did you face on the job?
I wouldn’t say I faced any difficulties because my seniors, subordinates everyone had been very supportive.
- Your views on discrimination in general in this field?
You are an Officer of the Law once you are in this Uniform, not a man or woman but a Police Officer. This uniform defines you and not the gender so I do not feel that there is any discrimination. You achieve on basis of merit and that is how I got here too.
- Who is your support system?
I live in a joint family and I prefer it too, as I have two little girls and while the family is always in fear for my safety I know there are people looking after my kids. My husband and in-laws have supported me through thick and thin.
- What are your views on Self Defense?
When in crisis, the first line of defense is ‘you’. Have faith in the police but be strong to defend yourself long enough for the police to get there.
It was an absolute Honor to speak with ACP Arpita, she gave us time out of her busy schedule. Thank you so much for protecting us each and every day, we salute you. Jai Hind.