The AP government has decided to continue Sambasiva Rao as DGP for the next 2 years. At present, Sambasiva Rao is serving as in-charge DGP. He took charge as in-charge DGP in June 2016. The state government has taken a decision based on his performance and the community. According to reports, it is a political decision keeping 2019 elections in mind. However, the AP government will send a list of 5 senior IPS officers to the UPSC. The five IPS officers names are Malakondaiah, Tagore, V K Kaumudi, Ramana Murthy and Sambasiva Rao.