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Satish Kumar Dogra

Satish Kumar Dogra obtained an MA degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Batala and taught these subjects at Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar for five years.

In 1982, Satish appeared in the All India Civil Services Examination and was selected for the Indian Police Service. After completing his training, he was allotted to Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India. Although the Civil Service is an All-India service, the officers are allotted to different states where they serve till their superannuation. Satish retired in December 2013 after nearly 32 years of service.

IPS officers in India not only occupy top police jobs, in their senior positions they are also sometimes put in charge of the Fire Service. Satish headed Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services as its Director from 2002 to 2005. It was during this period that he became associated with the Crisis Response Journal, and has since played an active role in getting professional coverage of incidents in India.

Among police officers in India who have headed the fire services of various states, Satish has gained distinction by going deep into fire and safety issues. He developed a concept that he calls 'Safety Orientation' and used it to assess and improve the tendency of individuals to perceive the dangers in their environment. He also raised a voluntary force called Safety Volunteers.

When the Asian Tsunami struck Indian coast, Satish was the Director of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services and the work done by the TNFRS received accolades.

During Satish's tenure the Government of Tamil Nadu constituted a Fire and Rescue Services Commission under the Chairmanship of a retired judge of Madras High Court with the mandate of anticipating the hazards likely to be faced by the society during the next 15 years. Satish as the Member Secretary of the Commission prepared a comprehensive report incorporating the findings from discussions with heads of various government and non-government organisations as well as suggestions from members of the public. The Report of the Commission became the veritable constitution of TNFRS, and other states in India also drew upon it for planning for the future.

One of Satish's strong points is his ability to train and develop his teams. During his tenure in TNFRS he built up models and Standard Operating Procedures that helped to drastically reduce the number of fires during the Indian festival of fire-crackers called Deepawali.

Apart from TNFRS, during his 3-decade long career, Satish held various positions related to law and order, crime-detection, prosecution, prisons and administration. At retirement he had reached the highest rank in the Indian Police Service, namely Director General of Police. His last assignment was as the Director of Vigilance and Anti-corruption in the state of Tamil Nadu.