The video which has been doing the rounds on social media was shared on Facebook by Bengaluru City Police on Friday. It has since collected 1,500 shares and over 80,000 views.
"A respect given by a uniform to a uniform shows the value of discipline," read the caption.
The police officer's show of respect for the young child won praise online.
"Great officer. Although ur (sic) in a dignified position, ur (sic) salute to a citizen(boy) has made me speechless. Hats off to u (sic) Sir," wrote a person.
"Lots of respect to sir n yes a salute from my side too.. Extremely humble person n shows in his action too," wrote a third.
T Suneel Kumar took charge as Bengaluru's police chief August last year. He took over from Praveen Sood, who was transferred out after just seven months into the job. Click for more trending news