With Liberation and the departure of the Portuguese, began a long and exhaustive overhaul of the Goa Police. Work to reorganize the police department on the lines of what existed in the rest of the country, began in right earnest. N R Nagu took over as the first Inspector General of Police (IGP) of free Goa and a host of other appointments were made just a day after liberation. Services of those officials serving the PEI were protected and they were suitably accommodated in Goa Police. Those who wished to be relieved were allowed to do so with effect from February 1, 1962. However, the ranks and organizational structure of the PEI was retained for a longer period before being transformed in keeping with what existed in the country. Officers taken on deputation had meanwhile begun to introduce policing systems based on Indian laws and procedures.
But it was not until 1966 that major changes began to be made and felt when the police force was reorganized following recommendations made by B Shetty, Additional DGP in CBI. Shetty forwarded these recommendations based on a study conducted by him in February-March 1965 on the prevailing set-up. He discovered that the system had several gaping holes and that the police personnel were still looked at with suspicion by the common man, unable to forget their Portuguese links. His recommendations laid the foundation for the emergence of the Goa Police force as we know today.
The Goa Police force was headed by an Inspector General of Police until 2nd Feb 1999.
Over the years Goa Police has undergone tremendous changes not just in their functioning but also in image build-up. It has constantly worked to be more and more people-friendly, one that the law-abiding citizen need not fear. To this end, on 15th Auguts 1997 it even underwent a uniform change the staid and authoritarian khakhi giving way to a more pleasant and elegant designed by the famed fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks.