Tilottama Verma made history in 2002 as the first female Indian Police Service Officer from the state of Uttar Pradesh to be awarded the president’s police medal for bravery. She was honoured with this award after a chilling encounter in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh saw her lead a team which chased down two armed robbers who had killed the cashier at a bank and run away with the money.

Currently posted as Inspector General (Intelligence) in Uttar Pradesh, she has also been appointed as the Additional Director, WildLife Crime Control Bureau (WLCCB) under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. She now works towards saving lives of endangered animals and those often targeted for their ivory and hide. She does so by travelling extensively throughout the country strategizing and heading teams – From saving over 6,000 turtles belonging to a rare species in UP to holding sessions in the first national workshop on Capacity Building for Effective Wildlife Law Enforcement.

She hails from a police background as her father was an Indian Police Officer in Himachal Pradesh. She is married to Ashish Gupta who is also an Indian Police Officer. Tilottama Verma does not mince words as she describes the tough choices that she had to make as an IAS officer.