Mr. S. S. Puri has done M.A.(Philosophy) and also holds an L.L.B. degree. He joined the IPS opting for Maharashtra cadre and served as a Superintendent of Police and Deputy Inspector General of Police. During his field postings, communal disturbances were put down with a heavy hand, reflecting his concern for a secular polity as also the maintenance of peace and order. He constantly updated his study of the law while attending several professional courses at National Police Academy (Hyderabad), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), Indian Institute of Public Administration (New Delhi) and Administrative Staff College of India (Hyderabad). This combination of practical experience and an academic bent of mind were evident in his seminal contribution to the drafting of the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act of 1999. He held many important posts and made a mark in each of the assignments. An outstanding feature of his career has been uncovering cases of corruption as Chief Vigilance Officer of the Mumbai Port Trust and his efforts resulted in the indictment of several Heads of Departments. After retiring, he was appointed in the Special Investigation Team and won approbation of the media and society with his sustained efforts to curb corruption. He was awarded the Police Medal for meritorious services and the President's Medal for distinguished services.