Vimla Mehra is a distinguished police officer, committed to justice and empowerment for women, and has been instrumental in making the law enforcement agencies more sensitive to the problems faced by the marginalized in society. She was head of the Licensing Branch of the Delhi Police, served as Deputy Inspector General of the then nascent Rapid Action Force in the CRPF, and worked as Joint Commissioner of Police in the Special Branch, Delhi Police. She introduced the 1091 helpline to provide immediate and effective help to women in distress, and started free self-defence training for women. Now, as Special Commissioner of Police, Administration, Delhi she is working towards the betterment of Delhi Police. She has co-edited Tinka Tinka Tihar, a collection of poems written by selected women inmates of Tihar Jail.