Kanwaljit Deol is the author of the novel ‘The Year of the Hawks’ and also ‘101 Tips to Survive the City’. She was appointed into the Indian Police Service in 1977 and assigned to the Union Territories cadre. During 38 years of service in the police she has been posted in Delhi, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh in various capacities. As Deputy Commissioner Police in the Crime against Women Cellin Delhi, she was responsible for setting up the very first police response meant exclusively for women. She was posted as Deputy Commissioner of Police New Delhi District during the challenging time of the Mandal Commission and twice in the Delhi Traffic Police. She also served as Additional Secretary in charge of Parliament Security in the Lok Sabha. In 2010 she headed the police force of the state of Arunachal Pradesh as its Director General of Police. In 2012 she was appointed as Director General in charge of investigations with the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi, until her retirement in 2014. During her career
she was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Police Medal for
distinguished services in addition to a host of other public awards.