She is an ISC topper, and for a while, she was also a cop. Weird it may sound, but, that was what happened at the office of the deputy commissioner of South East Division (DCP, SED) at Park Circus this morning, courtesy Kolkata police.

The gesture was Kolkata police’s way of felicitating Richa Singh, the daughter of one of its officers, who came fourth in the Indian School Certificate Examination, the result of which was declared on Tuesday.

Richa, a class XII student of GD Birla School, Ranikuthi, and daughter of Additional officer-in-charge, Gariahat police station, Mr Rajesh Singh, assumed the charge of DC, SED replacing Mr Kalyan Mukherjee, for six hours.

Asked for her take on becoming the boss of her father and other officers alike for a few hours, Richa replied, “I’m over the moon. Absolutely unbelievable. I could not ever imagine that such a reward was waiting for me. My goal is to crack the UPSC examination in future. But it can wait. The way the day unfolded for me, it was really a lifetime achievement. The best part of this brief stint yet out-of-the-box reward was that I could order my father to reach home as early as possible today as he is always a latecomer,” the ISC topper said.

She went on to add that as her father had hardly any time to oversee her education, her mother shouldered all the responsibility for her studies.

Mr Rajesh Singh, additional OC of Gariahat police station, and Richa’s father, said, “I hardly had any time to extend help her in her studies. Her mother used to guide her. I would definitely obey her order today to return home early.”

Mr Kalyan Mukherjee, the DC SED, said, “Today’s occasion was to felicitate her for being one of the toppers in the ISC examination. We hope that this sort of a felicitation will work as a catalyst and spur her to forge ahead in her career in the years to come. Through this, we also tried to send the message that Kolkata police will be with those who shine in their studies in the future.”

Later, Richa went to Lalbazar for lunch with the city police commissioner, Mr Rajesh Kumar.