Indian Police Service
|Training ground||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad|
|Controlling authority||Ministry of Home Affairs|
|Legal personality||Government service|
|General nature||Federal law enforcement|
|Preceding service||Imperial Police Service (1893–1948)|
|Cadre size||4730 (2011)|
|Service colour||Dark blue and red
|Director Intelligence Bureau (IB)
Current: Syed Asif Ibrahim, IPS
|Head of the Civil Services|
Current: Ajit Seth
The Indian Police Service (Hindi: भारतीय पुलिस सेवा, Bhāratīya Pulis Sevā) or IPS, is one of the three All India Services of the Government of India. In 1948, a year after India gained independence from Britain, the Indian (Imperial) Police, was replaced by the Indian Police Service.
- 1 Objective
- 2 History
- 3 Cadre strength
- 4 Selection
- 5 Pay structure (gazetted officers) IPS & CAPFs
- 6 Ranks and insignia
- 7 Reforms
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
The First Police Commission, appointed on 17 August 1865, contained detailed guidelines for the desired system of police in India and defined the police as a governmental department to maintain order, enforce the law, and to prevent and detect crime. The Indian Police Service is not a force itself but a service providing leaders and commanders to staff the state police and all-India Central Armed Police Forces. Its members are the senior officers of the police. With the passage of time Indian Police Service's objectives were updated and redefined, the current rules and functions of an Indian Police Service Officer are as follows:
- To fulfil duties based on border responsibilities, in the areas of maintenance of public peace and order, crime prevention, investigation, and detection, collection of intelligence, VIP security, counter-terrorism, border policing, railway policing, tackling smuggling, drug trafficking, economic offences, corruption in public life, disaster management, enforcement of socio-economic legislation, bio-diversity and protection of environmental laws etc.
- Leading and commanding the Indian Intelligence Agencies like Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) etc., Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Civil and Armed Police Forces in all the states and union territories.
- Leading and commanding the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) which include the Central Police Organisations (CPO) and Central Paramilitary Forces (CPF) such as Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Vigilance Organisations, Indian Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.
- Serve at head of the departments in policy making in the Ministries and Departments of Central and State Governments and public sector undertakings both at centre and states, Government of India.
- To interact and coordinate closely with the members of other All India Services and with the elite Indian Revenue Service and also with the Indian Armed Forces primarily with the Indian Army.
- Last but not the least, to lead and command the force with courage, uprightness, dedication and a strong sense of service to the people.
- Endeavour to inculcate in the police forces under their command such values and norms as would help them serve the people better.
- Inculcate integrity of the highest order, sensitivity to aspirations of people in a fast-changing social and economic milieu, respect for human rights, broad liberal perspective of law and justice and high standard of professionalism.
Prior to Independence, senior police officers belonging to the Imperial Police (IP) were appointed by the Secretary of State on the basis of a competitive examination. The first open civil service examination for admission to the service was held in England in June 1893 and the ten top candidates were appointed as probationers in the Indian (Imperial) Police. It is not possible to pinpoint an exact date on which the Indian Police came formally into being. Around 1907, the Secretary of State's officers were directed to wear the letters "IP" on their epaulettes in order to distinguish them from the other officers not recruited by the Secretary of State through examination. In this sense, 1907 could be regarded as the starting point. In 1948, a year after India gained independence; the Imperial Police was replaced by IPS.
The authorised cadre strength of Indian Police Service is 4720. (3270 Direct Recruitment Posts and 1450 Promotional Posts). Posted 20 December 2012 Vol 3 Issue 50
IPS officers are recruited from the state police cadres and from the rigorous Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission every year. Due to an ongoing shortage of police officers in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs proposed the creation of an Indian Police Service Limited Competitive Examination to be conducted by UPSC.
The Civil Services Examination has a three stage competitive selection process. At stage one, there is an objective type examination called the preliminary exam. This is a qualifying examination. It consists of a General Studies paper and an aptitude test. Only the candidates who pass this can appear for the "Main Examination" which consists of nine papers. Each candidate has to select an optional subject (one paper) and to take six General Studies papers, an Essay, an English language paper and a regional language paper. This is followed by an interview.
After selection for the IPS, candidates are allocated to a cadre. There is one cadre in each Indian state, with the exception of three joint cadres: Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur-Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT). Two-thirds of the strength of every cadre is filled directly by IPS officers and the remaining are promoted from the respective states cadre officers.
Pay structure (gazetted officers) IPS & CAPFs
|Grade||Position in the State Government(s)||Salary||Equivalent Position or Designation in the State Government(s) or Government of India (GOI)|
|Above Super Time Scale (Apex Scale)(After 30 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Commissioner of Police (State)||80,000 (fixed) plus grade pay-Nil||Director General of Police – Only one cadre post, all other DGPs/CPs are in HAG + scale of Rs75,500–80,000, Director (GOI), Director General (GOI), Secretary (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), Director General in CAPFs.|
|Above Super Time Scale (HAG)(Pay-Band-4)(After 25 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Special Commissioner of Police||67,000-79,000 plus grade pay of 12,000||Additional Director General of Police, Commissioner of Police (City), Special or Additional Director (GOI), Special or Additional Secretary (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), ADG in CAPFs.|
|Super Time Scale (Senior Administrative Grade)(Pay-Band-4)(After 18 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Joint Commissioner of Police||37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 10,000||Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police (City), Joint Secretary if empanelled as such (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), IG of CAPFs.|
|Super Time Scale (DIG/Conservator Grade)(Pay-Band-4)(After 14 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Additional Commissioner of Police||37,400-67,000 plus grade pay of 8900||Deputy Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police (City), Director (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), DIG in CAPFs.|
|Selection Grade(Pay-Band-4)(After 13 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Deputy Commissioner of Police if in the Selection Grade||37,400-INR67,000 plus grade Pay of 8700||Senior Superintendent of Police, Director (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), Commandants of CAPFs.|
|Junior Administrative Grade(Pay-Band-3)(After 9 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Deputy Commissioner of Police, also designated as Senior Superintendent in certain States such as UP and Punjab||15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 7600||Superintendent of Police, Deputy Secretary (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI),
Second-in-Command of CAPFs.
|Senior Time Scale (Pay-Band-3)(After 4 years of service in IPS Cadre)||Superintendent of Police / Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police||15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 6600||Additional Superintendent of Police, Deputy Commandants of CAPFs.|
|Junior Time Scale(Pay-Band-3)(Initial Pay IPS Cadre)||Assistant Commissioner of Police||15,600-39,100 plus grade pay of 5400||Deputy Superintendent of Police, Circle Officer, Senior Field Officer (R) Cabinet Secretariat (GOI), Assistant Commandants of CAPFs.|
Ranks and insignia
Ranks of the IPS
All State Police Services officers of and above the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) or Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in State Police and Metropolitan Police forces respectively.
- National Emblem above Crossed Sword and Baton
- Commissioners of Police (State) or Director Generals of Police, States and territories of India
- Director Generals, Indian Intelligence agencies (Government of India)
- Director Generals, Indian Federal law enforcement agencies (Government of India)
- Director Generals, Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- Secretary(ies) (R), Cabinet Secretariat, (Government of India)
- Special Commissioners of Police or Additional Director Generals of Police, States and territories of India
- Special or Additional Director Generals, Indian Intelligence agencies (Government of India)
- Special or Additional Director Generals, Indian Federal law enforcement agencies (Government of India)
- Special or Additional Director Generals, Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- Special or Additional Secretar(ies) (R), Cabinet Secretariat (Government of India)
- One Star above Crossed Sword and Baton
- Joint Commissioners of Police or Inspector-Generals of Police, States and territories of India
- Joint Directors or Inspector-Generals, Indian Intelligence agencies (Government of India)
- Joint Directors or Inspector-Generals, Indian Federal law enforcement agencies (Government of India)
- Joint Directors or Inspector-Generals, Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- Joint Secretar(ies) (R), Cabinet Secretariat, (Government of India)
- National Emblem above three stars in a triangle
- Additional Commissioners of Police or Deputy Inspector Generals of Police, States and territories of India
- Directors or Deputy Inspector-Generals, Indian Intelligence agencies (Government of India)
- Directors or Deputy Inspector-Generals, Indian Federal law enforcement agencies (Government of India)
- Directors or Deputy Inspector-Generals, Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- Director(s) (R), Cabinet Secretariat, (Government of India)
- National Emblem above two stars
- Deputy Commissioner of Police (Selection grade) or Senior Superintendent of Police in selection grade with 13+ years of service (IPS officers posted in insurgency infested states such as J&K also wear this rank before 13 years of service to facilitate coordination and interaction with Commanding Officers of paramilitary and the Indian Army.
- Deputy Secretary(ies) (R), Cabinet Secretariat, (Government of India)
- Other officers above selection grade
- Commandants in Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- Under Secretary(ies) (R), Cabinet Secretariat, (Government of India)
- Commandant of Battalion
- Other officer on Junior Administrative Grade with between 9 and 13 years service
- Second-in-Command in Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- National Emblem
- Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police or Additional Superintendent of Police
- Other officers on senior time scale with 9 years service or less
- Deputy Commandants of Central Armed Police Forces (Government of India)
- Two stars
- Assistant Superintendent of Police
- Indian Police Service officer probationary rank on 2nd year of service
- Assistant Superintendent of Police
- Indian Police Service officer probationary rank on 1st year of service
India's police continue to be governed by an archaic and colonial police law passed in 1861. The Indian Constitution makes policing a state subject and therefore the state governments have the responsibility to provide their communities with a police service. However, after independence, most have adopted the 1861 Act without change, while others have passed laws heavily based on the 1861 Act.
The need for reform of police in India has been long recognised. There has been almost 30 years of debate and discussion by government created committees and commissions on the way forward for police reform, but India remains saddled with an outdated and old-fashioned law, while report after report gathers dust on government bookshelves without implementation. Many committees on police reforms have recommended major reforms in the police system coupled with systematic accountability.
National Police Commission (1977-81)
National Police Commission was the first committee set up by the Indian government to report on policing. The National Police Commission began sitting in 1979, in the context of a post-Emergency India, and produced eight reports, including a Model Police Act, between 1979 and 1981.
Ribeiro Committee (1998-99)
In 1996, two former senior police officers filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court, asking for the Court to direct governments to implement the recommendations of the National Police Commission. The Supreme Court directed the government to set up a committee to review the Commission's recommendations, and thus the Ribeiro Committee was formed. The Committee, under the leadership of J. F. Ribeiro, a former chief of police, sat over 1998 and 1999, and produced two reports.
Padmanabhaiah Committee (2000)
In 2000, the government set up a third committee on police reform, this time under the stewardship of a former union Home Secretary, K. Padmanabhaiah. This Committee released its report in the same year.
Soli Sorabjee Committee (2005)
In 2005, the government put together a group to draft a new police Act for India. It was headed by Soli Sorabjee (former Attorney General). The committee submitted a Model Police Act to the union government in late 2006.
Supreme Court intervention (2006)
In 1996, Prakash Singh (a former Directors General of Police of the states of Assam and subsequently Uttar Pradesh and finally Director General of the Border Security Force) initiated a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India, asking the court to investigate measures to reform the police forces across India to ensure the proper rule of law and improve security across India. The Supreme Court studied various reports on police reforms. Finally, in 2006, a bench of Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Justice C.K. Thakker and Justice P.K. Balasubramanyan ordered the state governments to implement several reforms in police force.
Several measures were identified as necessary to professionalise the police in India:
- A mid or high ranking police officer must not be transferred more frequently than every two years.
- The state government cannot ask the police force to hire someone, nor can they choose the Chief Commissioner.
- There must be separate departments and staff for investigation and patrolling.
Three new authorities will be created in each state, to prevent political interference in the police and also to make the police accountable for their heavy-handedness, which will include the creation of:
- A State Security Commission, for policies and direction
- A Police Establishment Board, which will decide the selection, promotions and transfers of police officers and other staff
- A Police Complaints Authority, to inquire into allegations of police misconduct.
Follow-up from Supreme Court
In 2006, due to a lack of action by all the state governments, the Supreme Court ordered the state governments to report to it why the reform measures outlined were not implemented. After being questioned in front of the judges of the Supreme Court, the state governments are finally starting to reform the police forces and give them the operational independence they need for fearless and proper law enforcement. Tamil Nadu Police has been in the forefront of application of the new referendum.
Again, in October 2012, a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices SS Nijjar and Jasti Chelameswar asked all state governments and Union territories to inform about compliance of its September 2006 judgement. The order was passed when Prakash Singh through his lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that many of the reforms (ordered by the Supreme Court) have yet to been implemented by several governments.
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