Mrs. Sonal V. Mishra has become the first woman IPS officer from Chhattisgarh to receive the Indian Police Medal for her distinguished services. The medal was bestowed upon her by the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh during the 2016 Independence Day celebrations at Police Parade Grounds, Raipur
She completed her primary education in Jagdalpur. She pursued engineering in electronics from National Institute of technology (NIT) Raipur and completed M. Tech from IIT, Kanpur in 1988.
Sonal, an IPS officer of batch 2000 from Tamil Nadu cadre, played a highly commendable role in controlling crime and maintaining law and order in Trichi, Krishnagiri, Erode and Chennai in Tamil Nadu during her service period. She has also served the Special Information Bureau (SIB).
Currently, she is posted as the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Administration) at Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh.