Patnaik, who is from the AGMUT cadre, got the prestigious G-Files Excellent Contribution Award in 2015 for his outstanding track record.
A police medal for meritorious service also goes to his list of accomplishments.
Superseding two seniors, Amulya Kumar Patnaik, the 1985-batch IPS officer, was appointed the next Delhi Police Commissioner on 30th Jan 2017.
Having become the police chief at a relatively younger age of 57, Mr. Patnaik will have one of the longest tenures till January 2020 when he is scheduled to retire.
He replaces Alok Kumar Verma, who was appointed as the CBI Director.
He edged out Deepak Mishra and Dharmendra Kumar, both of whom are 1984 batch officers.
Currently Special Commissioner of Police (Administration),Mr. Patnaik has handled several critical assignments in the Delhi Police.
The chief among which was heading the Crime Branch and the Southern Range as Joint Commissioner.
Known to be adept in handling both law and order and investigation, he solved an abduction case in Sarita Vihar in a record 12 hours.
He also led the police action during the anti-Dunkel protest in 1994 in which he received serious injuries.
In 1995, Patnaik took the initiative to launch ‘Pratidhi’, a Delhi Police programme to extend counselling and other assistance to victims of traumatic crimes.
Mr. Patnaik is also credited with steps like launching the Anti-Obscene Call Cell and the Anti-Stalking Cell.