Sindh Police

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Department of Sindh Police
Abbreviation SP
Logo of the Department of Sindh Police.
Motto Striving to Serve
Agency overview
Formed 1843
Employees 105,234 [1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Province of Sindh, Pakistan
Size 140,914 sq. km.
Population 46.3 Million
Legal jurisdiction Sindh
Governing body Government of Sindh
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Karachi, Sindh
Agency executive Ghulam Hyder Jamali
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, and has about ~105,234 police officers and staff to served in the department. As of current, Ghulam Hyder Jamali is the current Inspector-General who was appointed in 2014.[2]

The Sindh Police has been fictionalized in numerous movies, novels, dramas, and television shows through its history.[3] The department has also been associated with a number of controversies, mainly concerned with racial animosity, police brutality, and police corruption.[4]


After becoming the Governor of Sindh, General Sir Charles Napier established a policy system based on the pattern of the colonial Irish constabulary in 1843. 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.[5] 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.[6]


The Sindh Police has been actively involved in countering human trafficking, drug trade, and gang rivalry (as seen in the Lyari Operation).

Current Structure[edit]

Today, Sindh Police is divided into:

Capital City Police Office - Karachi[edit]

Karachi CCPO is divided into three zones:[7]

A Traffic police man in Karachi.
  • Traffic Zone - divided into five traffic zones in the city of Karachi..

Range Police Offices[edit]

Police Special Branches[edit]

  • 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 Usman Ijaz Bajwa

2. Investigations Branch headed by Saqib Ismail Memon

3. Anti-Extremist Cell (Vacant)


The Sindh Police uses a variety of weaponry. However, these are a few of the most common weapons used.

AK47, Heckler & Koch G3, Heckler & Koch MP5 (MP5K version also widely used), Berreta m92, various Glock pistols, RPG-7, Tear gas, Riot shields, Flak Jackets.

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:

Toyota Hilux (Vigo version), Toyota Corolla, (2011 version), Mohafiz Internal Security Vehicle, APC Talha.

The Sindh Police is not known to use any aircraft, however there have been rumours that the Police use locally produced UAVs such as the SATUMA Jasoos, for reconnaissance.


  1. ^ Sindh Police Sanctioned Strength
  2. ^ "Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police". Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police. Department of the Sindh Police. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ PTV. "Divergent Image". PTV Drama Serials. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Abbasi, Ansar (8 September 2013). "6,000 criminals hired, working in Sindh Police, PM told". News International. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  5. ^ - Sindh Police History
  6. ^
  7. ^ - Capital City Police Office, Karachi
  8. ^ Sindh Police - Hyderabad Region
  9. ^ Sindh Police - Larkana Range

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