Arup Patnaik joined I.P.S. in 1979 & held several important posts in his 36 years long career.
1981-82: Probationary Asst. Supdt. of Police, Nasik 1983-86: Suptd. of Police, Latur 1986-88: DCP, Nagpur City 1988-91: Suptd. of Police, Jalgaon March 1991-March 1994: DCP Zone VII, in Mumbai City March 1994-1999: On Deputation to the CBI as D.I.G., the Bank Security & Fraud Cell, a Central Unit of the CBI 1999-2001: Additional Commissioner of Police, South Mumbai 2001-05: Inspector General of Police, State Reserve Police Force (S.R.P.F.) 2005-07: Jt.Commissioner of Police, (Law & Order) July 2007 to February 2011: Addl.Director-General of Police (Traffic), Maharashtra State 2011-30 September 2015: Commissioner of Police, Mumbai.
Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services in 1994 President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 2003
Mayo College, Ajmer
Delhi University Bombay University
B.Sc Chemistry (Honors) from Delhi University in 1975 LLB (Bachelor of Legislative Law) from the University of Bombay in 1995
Patnaik was abruptly transferred
from his post as Commissioner of Police after the Azad Maidan riots. The
decision of the Maharashtra Government has highly criticized. Many felt he
was a victim of a political conspiracy. Everyone praised Patnaik’s handling
of the explosive situation at Azad Maidan on 11 August 2012. Patnaik was been
personally walked through the mob, refrained his men from opening fire on the
Muslim youth and defused a restive and emotionally charged crowd of 50,000 in
under 30 minutes.
Arup Patnaik has the 36th Police Commissioner of Mumbai. He retired on 30th September 2015 after an illustrious career in the Maharashtra Police spanning over 36 years in service. Patnaik is the first and only Odia IPS officer to hold the post of Police Commissioner of Mumbai. 
He was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2003 and the Indian Police Medal for meritorious services in 1994.
He is an honors graduate in Chemistry from Delhi University. He excelled in sports like football and boxing during his time at Mayo College. His father was highly educated. He had done MA (History) and LLB and was a practicing lawyer. His father had close ties with Biju Patnaik.
His life story has been adapted into films, like Aan: Men At Work and Black Friday, and books like Hussain Zaidi’s ‘Black Friday’ which details the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Zaidi has dedicated an entire chapter to Patnaik and his handling of the situation.