India’s First Woman to Join Officer Ranks of The Indian Police Service! Kiran Bedi is an Indian politician, social activist, former tennis player and a retired police officer. Bedi joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972, and initiated several measures in crime prevention and criminal reforms. Introduced comprehensive measure in community policing, such as police beat system, joint night patrolling for crime prevention etc. She introduced several reforms at Tihar Jail, which gained worldwide acclaim and won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994. In 2003, Bedi became the first woman to be appointed the United Nations civilian police adviser. She resigned in 2007, to focus on social activism and writing. She has written several books, and runs the India Vision Foundation.