|Department of Sindh Police|
|Logo of the Department of Sindh Police.|
|Motto||Striving to Serve|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Province of Sindh, Pakistan|
|Size||140,914 sq. km.|
|Governing body||Government of Sindh|
|Agency executive||Iqbal Mahmood
|Parent agency||Department of Home, Sindh|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Department of Sindh Police (Urdu:سنده پولیس) also known as Sindh Police) is a police department established in 1843 to maintain law and order and law enforcement in Sindh, Pakistan. The department serves an area of ~140,914 sq.km., and has about ~105,234 police officers and staff to served in the department. As of current, Iqbal Mahmood is the current Inspector-General who was appointed in 2014.
The Sindh Police has been fictionalized in numerous movies, novels, dramas, and television shows through its history. The department has also been associated with a number of controversies, mainly concerned with racial animosity, police brutality, and police corruption.
Sir Charles Napier established a police system in Sindh in 1843 based on the pattern of the colonial Irish constabulary. British Army Officers closely supervised and controlled the force which was consequently more disciplined, efficient and less corrupt. Influenced by the success of Napier’s police, the Court of Directors of the East India Company suggested that a common system of police be established on the pattern of the Irish Constabulary.
The British Indian Government set up a Police Commission headed by Mr. H.M.Court in 1860. One of the policy directives to the Police Commission of 1860 was that "though the duties of the police should be entirely civil, not military, the organization and discipline of the police should be similar to those of a military body". The present police system in our country has been established under this Charter. At the time of British Indian Police there was a famous Superintendent of Police from Pirdad (Hazro) in Punjab named Muhammad Umar Khan, who was much decorated. In October 2010 the government announced that Sindh Police had been given the approval and will be provided with phone-tracking technology to help them tackle kidnapping cases and corruption on the streets of Karachi.
The Sindh Police has been actively involved in countering human trafficking, drug trade, and gang rivalry (as seen in the Lyari Operation).
Today, Sindh Police is divided into:
Capital City Police Office - Karachi
Karachi CCPO is divided into three zones:
- West Zone - 30 Police Stations in the areas of SITE Town, New Karachi Town, North Nazimabad Town, Gulberg Town, Liaquatabad Town, Orangi Town and Baldia Town.
- East Zone - 34 Police Stations in the areas of Gulshan Town, Shah Faisal Town, Landhi Town, Korangi Town, Bin Qasim Town, Malir Town and Gadap Town.
- South Zone - 32 Police Stations in the areas of Kemari Town, Clifton, Saddar Town, Jamshed Town and Lyari Town.
- Traffic Zone - divided into five traffic zones in the city of Karachi..
Regional Police Offices
- Hyderabad Region - covering districts of Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar, Badin, Nawabshah and Dadu.
- Sukkur Region - comprising two zones: Sukkur Zone (covering districts of Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, and Naushehro Feroze) and Larkana Zone (covering districts of Larkana, Kambar, Shikarpur and Jacobabad).
Police Special Branches
- Special Branch
- Training and Inspection Branch
- Technical & Transport Branch
- Crime Investigation Department (CID)
- Sindh Reserve Police
- Investigation Branch
CID is divided into three cells
1. Operation Branch headed by Fayyaz Khan, DSP Chaudhry Safder, DSP Israr Awan
2. Operation Branch headed by Mazhar Iqbal Mashwani, DSP Saqib, DSP Arshad Kamal Kiyani
3. Anti-Extremist Cell headed by Chaudry Aslam, SSP Omer Shahid.
The Sindh Police uses a variety of weaponry. However, these are a few of the most common weapons used.
It is also very common for the Police to block roads with Shipping containers from the Karachi Port. However, this is an extremely controversial move, as the police forcEfully take these containers from shipping companies, and as these containers are extremely expensive to replace, the companies endure huge financial loss.
The most common vehicles used by the Sindh Police are:
- Sindh Police Sanctioned Strength
- "Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police". Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police. Department of the Sindh Police. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- PTV. "Divergent Image". PTV Drama Serials. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- Abbasi, Ansar (8 September 2013). "6,000 criminals hired, working in Sindh Police, PM told". News International. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- - Sindh Police History
- - Capital City Police Office, Karachi
- Sindh Police - Hyderabad Region
- Sindh Police - Sukkur Zone
- Sindh Police - Larkana Zone