Kiran Bedi influenced several decisions of the Indian Police Service, particularly in the areas of control over narcotics, traffic management, and VIP security. During her stint as the Inspector General of Prisons, Tihar Jail (Delhi) (1993-1995), she instituted a number of reforms in the management the prison, and initiated a number of measures such as detoxification programs, yoga,vipassana meditation, redressing of complaints by prisoners and literacy programs . For this she not only won the 1994 Ramon Magsaysay Award, but was also awarded the 'Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship', to write about the work done at Tihar Jail .
She was last appointed as Director General of India's Bureau of Police Research and Development.
On 27 November 2007, she had expressed her wish to take Voluntary Retirement from job to take up new challenges in life.On 25 December 2007, Government of India decided to relieve Bedi, who was holding the post of the director general of Bureau of Police Research and Development, from her duties now hosts the TV show Aap Ki Kachehri Kiran Ke Saath on Star Plus.