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Kolkata Police Force
কলকাতা পুলিশ বাহিনী
Common name Kolkata Police
Abbreviation KP
Logo Kolkata Police.png
Logo of the Kolkata Police Force.
Agency overview
Formed 1856
Employees 29,973
Annual budget INR898 crore (US$150 million)[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Kolkata, India
Map of Kolkata Police Force's jurisdiction.
Size 243 sq km
Population 45,80,544 (within 200.71 km**)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 18, Lalbazar Street, Kolkata 700 001
Agency executive Vicktorr Dhar ( Chhandam ). ( IAS; IPS; IFS ) S/o: Sri Dhirendra Kumar Dhar., Commissioner
Parent agency Government of West Bengal
Stations 77[3]
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.
* As per 2001 Census
**As per Penguin India Reference Yearbook 2007 edition

The Kolkata Police Force is one of the six police forces of the Indian state of West Bengal. Kolkata Police has the task of policing the metropolitan area of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, as defined under the Calcutta Police Act, 1866 and the Calcutta Suburban Police Act,1866. The primary functions of the forces are maintaining law and order in the city, traffic management, prevention and detection of crime and coordinating various citizen-centric services for the people of Kolkata. As of 2014, Kolkata Police has 8 divisions covering 69 Police Stations. It has a strength of approximately 27,000 and a territorial jurisdiction of 243 sq. km (approx). There are 8 battalions of armed forces as well as specialized branches. The force also uses various modern technologies for effective handling of unconventional crimes, terrorism and related activities.


Early Years (17th century)[edit]

The history of the present structure of policing in Kolkata goes back to colonial times, when the city was known as "Calcutta", and was an early settlement of the English East India Company. Calcutta was founded on the eastern banks of the Hooghly by an Englishman, Job Charnock in 1690. Policing in Calcutta's earliest days was confined to the Mughal administration and their local representatives. Bengal was still technically a part of the Mughal Empire, but the Nawabs of Bengal, based in Murshidabad in North Bengal, were its effective rulers. The Watch and Ward functions were entrusted to a Kotwal or town prefect who had 45 peons under him, armed with traditional weapons like staves and spears, to deal with miscreants.[4]

Colonial Police (1720 - 1845)[edit]

In 1720, the East India Company formally appointed an officer to be in charge of civil and criminal administration. He was assisted by an Indian functionary commonly known as black deputy or black zamindar. Under him were three naib-dewans, one of whom was in charge of the police. The settlement was divided into "thanas" (Police stations) under "thanadars" who had in turn contingents of "naiks" and "paiks". A small contingent of river police was also formed. A statute passed in the year 1778 raised the strength of the police in Calcutta to 700 paiks, 31 thanadars and 34 naibs under a superintendent. In 1780 commissioners of conservancy were appointed for the town who also ooked after watch and ward. Policing was still very loosely organized. In 1794, justices of peace were appointed for the municipal administration of Calcutta and its suburbs, under a chief magistrate who was directly in charge of the Police. In 1806 justices of peace were constituted as magistrates of 24 Parganas and parts of the adjacent districts within a 20-mile radius of the town.[5]

Consolidation (1845 - 1866)[edit]

The middle decades of the 19th century witnessed a greater systematization and institutionalization of policing in Calcutta. A city magistrate by the name of William Coats Blacquiere inaugurated a network of spies or goendas(Bengali: গোয়েন্দা). In 1845 a committee under J.H. Patton brought about key changes in police organization which now began to be modeled on the London Metropolitan Police. A Commissioner of Police was appointed with powers of a justice of peace to preserve law and order, detect crime and apprehend offenders. In 1856 the Governor-General promulgated an Act treating Calcutta Police as a separate organization and S. Wauchope, who was then the chief magistrate of Calcutta, was appointed as the first Commissioner of Police.[6] 1857 was a difficult time for the English East India Company. The year saw the first upsurge against British rule. The rebellion led to the dissolution of the East India Company in 1858. It also led the British to reorganize the army, the financial system and the administration in India.[7] The country was thereafter directly governed by the crown as the new British Raj. Commissioner Wauchope handled the situation ably and was knighted for his achievement. During the incumbency of his successor V.H. Schalch the Calcutta Police Act and the Calcutta Suburban Police Act were enacted in 1866.

Modernization (1866 - 1947)[edit]

In 1868, Sir Stuart Hogg set up the Detective Department in Calcutta Police with A. Younan as the superintendent and R. Lamb as the first-class inspector. Hogg was both the Commissioner of Police and the Chairman of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation. Sir Fredrick Halliday, who was appointed as the Commissioner of Police in 1906, also introduced several changes in the administration of Calcutta Police including the system of running a Control Room. He is credited with the creation of the Special Branch in June 1909 on the recommendation of Sir Charles Augustus Tegart. For his numerous contributions to the growth of the city police, he is regarded as the father of modern Calcutta Police.[8] Sir Charles Augustus Tegart headed the Detective Department was the first cadre of the Indian Police (IP) force in the organization. He reorganized the city police force and made it efficient. A highly decorated officer, he was the Commissioner of Police from 1923–31 and was admired for keeping the city free from crime. However, he was unpopular with freedom fighters and his encounters with revolutionaries are a part of popular Bengali folklore. The same time saw the rise of three Bengali police officers named Ramgati Banerjee, Sukumar Sengupta and Zakir Hussain. During the Salt March movement in 1930, the Calcutta Police was headed by Charles Tegart as Police Commissioner, Ramgati Banerjee as DC(South) and Sukumar Sengupta as DC(North). Later, Banerjee left his position and took up teaching as profession and Hussain left job to become the First Governor-General of East Pakistan. Sukumar Sengupta continued in the job to become the first Bengali Inspector General of Police, West Bengal soon after independence.

Post Independence (1947 onward)[edit]

The colonial history of the Calcutta Police force was primarily repressive and anti-nationalist. After India gained independence from British rule in 1947, Calcutta Police was re-organised as an essential element of the Indian law enforcement agencies. Surendra Nath Chatterjee was the first Indian Commissioner of Police. As of 2014, Kolkata Police has 8 divisions covering 77 Police Stations. It has a strength of approximately 27,000 and a territorial jurisdiction of 243 sq. km (approx). There are 8 battalions of armed forces as well as specialized branches.


Each symbol of the Kolkata Police seal has a special significance. At the center is the Ashok Stambha, which has been adopted from Ashoka's Sarnath Lion Capital. The 24-spoked wheel is referred to as the Dharmachakra. Dharma or Religion is the manifestation of the inner conscience and as Swami Vivekananda said: "Religion is the manifestation of the divinity already in man". Below the Dharmachakra is inscribed Satyameva Jayate which signifies that Truth always prevails. In between the two circles, which encircle the Ashok Stambha, is the symbolic peacock, which is the national bird. The seal signifies upholding Truth, Valour and Justice. "We who enforce the law must not merely obey it. We have an obligation to set a moral example, which those whom we protect can follow."

Organizational Structure[edit]

Kolkata Police Headquarters at 18, Lalbazar Street, Kolkata

As of 2014, Kolkata Police has 8 divisions covering 69 Police Stations.[9] It has a strength of 29,973 and a territorial jurisdiction of 243 sq km. The Commissioner is the chief of the Kolkata Police. The commissioner is appointed by the Government of West Bengal and reports independently to the Home Secretary of the State. The headquarters are at 18,Lalbazar Street, near B.B.D. Bagh area in Central Kolkata. The commissioner is an Indian Police Service officer of the rank of additional DG & IG of police. Surajit Kar Purkayastha is the present commissioner.


1. South Division. 2. North and North Suburban Division. 3. Central Division. 4. Eastern Suburban Division. 5. Port Division. 6. South East Division. 7. South Suburban Division (Jadavpur Division) 8. South West Division (Behala Division) 9. Detective Department. 10. Special Branch. 11. Enforcement Branch. 12. Kolkata Traffic Police. 13. Reserve Force. 14. Wireless Branch. 15. Security Control Organisation. 16. Armed Police Battalions (Eight). 17. Police Training School. 18. Home Guard Organization. 19. Special Task Force. 20. Combat Battalion. 21. Rapid Action Force. 22.The Kolkata Armed Police (KAP) are West Bengal's state armed police force for operations in Kolkata. The KAF is part of the Kolkata Police Force and consists of eight battalions, and three special units. The special units are the Rapid Action force (RAF), the Special Action Force (SAF) (approx. 160 members) and the Commando Force (approximately 200 members) and also have Combat Force . [10]

Rank structure[edit]

The rank structure of Kolkata Police officers is as follows (in descending order of seniority):

  • Commissioner of Police
  • (One) Special Commissioners Of Police
  • (Three) Additional Commissioners of Police
  • (Three) Special Additional Commissioners of Police
  • (Five) Joint Commissioners of Police
  • Deputy Commissioners of Police
  • Assistant Commissioners of Police
  • Inspectors
  • Sub-Inspector/Wireless Supervisor/Sergeant
  • Assistant Sub-Inspector
  • Naik
  • Constable/Sepoy
  • Wireless Helper


The jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police covers the area of Kolkata District and an adjacent area as well. That adjacent area, like Kolkata District, is within the boundaries of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The Kolkata Police's entire area comprises all 144 wards of the KMC .


I. Particulars of the Kolkata Police Commissionerate, functions & duties Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, is the Executive and Administrative Head of Kolkata Police Force. Under his command and control, there are: -

Rank structure of the Kolkata Police[11]
S no. Rank Strength
1 Commissioner of Police 1
2 Spl. Commissioner of Police 1
3 Addl. Commissioner of Police 4
4 Jt. Commissioner of Police 9
5 Dy. Commissioner of Police 33
6 Asstt. Commissioner of Police 139
7 Asstt. Commissioner of Police (Women) 1
8 Inspector of Police 590
9 Inspector of Police (Armed) 10
10 Inspector of Police (Female) 12
11 Sub-Inspector of Police 1787
12 Sub-Inspector of Police(Female) 105
13 Sub-Inspector of Police (Armed) 70
14 Sergeant 1553
15 Sergeant Major 29
16 Subedar 150
17 Asstt. Sub-Inspector 2797
18 Asstt. Sub-Inspector(Female) 57
19 Asstt. Sub-Inspector (Armed) 1606
20 Head Farrier 1
21 Lady Head Constable 7
22 Women Constable 394
23 Farrier Constable 1
24 Constable 13149 / 300 RC
25 Sepoy 7197

II. There are 77 Police Station under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Police, they are:-

List of Kolkata Police Stations[12]
Sr.No. Police Station
1 Amherst Street
2 Alipore
3 Beliaghata
4 Burrabazar
5 Bowbazar
6 Burtolla
7 Ballygunge
8 Bhowanipore
9 Beniapukur
10 Cossipore
11 Chetla
12 Chitpur
13 Charu Market
14 Entally
15 Ekbalpur
16 Girish Park
17 Gariahat
18 Garden Reach
19 Hare Street
20 Hastings
21 Jorabagan
22 Jorasanko
23 Kalighat
24 Karaya
25 Muchipara
26 Maidan
27 Manicktala
28 New Alipore
29 New Market
30 Narkeldanga
31 North Port
32 Park Street
33 Posta
34 Sinthee
35 Shyampukur
36 Shakespeare Sarani
37 South Port
38 Lake P.S
39 Tala
40 Taltala
41 Tollygunge
42 Taratala
43 Topsia
44 Ultadanga
45 Watgunge
46 Tangra
47 West Port
48 Kasba
49 Regent Park
50 Garfa
51 Purba Jadavpur
52 Bansdroni
53 Survey Park
54 Jadavpur
55 Patuli
56 Behala
57 Parnasree
58 Thakurpukur
59 Haridevpur
60 Metiabruz
61 Nadial
62 Rajabagan
63 Tiljaja
64 Pragati Maidan
65 Phoolbagan
66 south Behala
67 Barisha
68 Rajdanga
69 Golf Green
70 Rabindra Sarobar
71 Vidyasagar
72 Bondel Gate
73 Kankurgachi
74 Belgachhia
75 Golf Green
76 Barisha
77 Rajdanga


Hare Street Police Station, Kolkata
A Kolkata police Ambulance

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Information regarding Kolkata Police under RTI Act". Kolkata Police. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Under Covered
  3. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Kolkata-to-get-eight-more-police-stations/articleshow/38039369.cms
  4. ^ "Origins of Kolkata Police". Kolkata police. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Consolidation of the Police Force". Kolkata police. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Colonial History of the Kolkata Police". Kolkata Police. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Bayly 1990, pp. 194–197
  8. ^ "Colonial History of the Kolkata Police". Kolkata Police. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Ghosh, Dwaipayan (27 February 2014). "Four new police stations in Kolkata". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Right to Information". Kolkata Police. 
  11. ^ "Right to Information". Kolkata Police. 
  12. ^ http://kolkatapolice.gov.in/
  13. ^ http://www.kolkatapolice.gov.in/images/docs/rti.pdf
  • "Evolution of the Calcutta Police: A Calcutta Police presentation on the occasion of the Calcutta Tercentenary, 1990", Calcutta Police, 1990

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