Dattatray "Datta" Padsalgikar (born 26 August 1958) is a senior Indian IPS officer who was, on 30 January 2016, named as the new Police Commissioner of Mumbai. He has succeeded Ahmed Javed who relinquished his charge as the Police Commissioner of Mumbai.An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1982 cadre, Padsalgikar was on deputation to the central government in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for the past few years, but was repatriated earlier in preparation for his new charge.
Padsalgikar hails from a town on the Solapur-Bijapur border, Mr Padsalgikar has a master's degree in French literature from Pune. After serving initial postings as Additional Superintendent of Police in Nagpur, Karad and Nashik he was promoted and went on to serve as Superintendent of Police in Osmanabad and Satara, following which he served his first stint in the IB in the early 90s.
Padsalgikar would be the first Maharashtrian police chief of Mumbai after almost a decade, after D N Jadhav who held the office between March 2007 and February 2008.
Padsalgikar has worked as Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Detection in the crime branch, DCP in Economic Offences Wing, DCP in South Mumbai, DCP of the Bandra-Jogeshwari stretch and Superintendent of Police in Osmanabad and Satara. In the IB, he has worked in Nagaland, New Delhi and Washington (US). Padsalgikar has said that fighting terror and ISIS will be one of his top priorities.
He is also known to be an excellent badminton player and an athlete.