Tamil Nadu Police

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Tamil Nadu Police
Tamil Nadu Police (emblem).jpg
Logo of the Tamil Nadu Police.
Motto Truth Alone Triumphs
Agency overview
Formed 1659
Employees 88,218
Volunteers 11,605
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Tamil Nadu, IN
India Tamil Nadu locator map.svg
Map of Tamil Nadu Police Department's jurisdiction
Size 130,058 square kilometres (50,216 sq mi)
Population 72,138,958
Legal jurisdiction State of Tamil Nadu
Governing body Government of Tamil Nadu
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by Department of Home, Prohibition and Excise, Tamil Nadu
Headquarters Police Headquarters, Dr.Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai-600 004
Agency executive K. Ramanujam IPS[1], Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu State
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Tamil Nadu Police Force is the law enforcing agency of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is over 150 years old and is the fifth largest state police force in India.[2] Tamil Nadu has a Police population ratio of 1 : 632.[3]


A police patrol car in Chennai

The administrative control of Tamil Nadu Police vests with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who holds the portfolio of Home Minister. The supervision and coordination of Police is done by the Home Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu police force is headed by Director General of Police (Law & Order), Mr. Ashok Kumar, IPS. He is assisted by the Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order), Mr. T.K. Rajendran , IPS. For administrative purposes, Tamil Nadu is divided into four zones- North, South, West and Central. Each Zone is headed by an Inspector General of Police. They are Mr. P.Kannappan, IPS - (North zone), Mr. Abhay Kumar Singh IPS - (South zone), Mr. M. Ramasubramani IPS - (Central zone), Mr. K. Shankar IPS - (West zone). Inspector General of police is assisted by Deputy Inspector General Of Police. Each district will headed by an Superintendent of Police, but in metropolitan cities like Greater Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Trichy, Tirupur & Tirunelveli, city police unit will be headed by an City Police Commissioner who will be in the rank of Inspector general of police and rural police force will be headed by rural Superintendent of Police.


Mounted police patrol in Chennai

All the equipment for the TNP are manufactured indigenously by the Indian Ordnance Factories controlled by the Ordnance Factories Board, Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

City Police, district police & Police Ranges[edit]

There are seven metropolitan cities and thirty two districts in Tamil Nadu. The metropolitan cities are

Each of the City Police force, has been headed by a COP [Commissioner of Police ] and each districts is headed by an SP [Superintendent of Police].

City commissioners[edit]

District superintendent's[edit]

Special units[edit]

The special units of Tamil Nadu Police perform specific functions related to security, intelligence, criminal investigations and support services.[2] They are as follows:

  • Armed Police or Tamil Nadu Special Police
  • Civil Defence and Home Guards
  • Civil Supplies, CID
  • Coastal Security Group
  • Crime Branch, CID
  • Economic Offences Wing
  • Operations - T.N. Commando Force & Commando School
  • Prohibition Enforcement Wing
  • Railway police
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Special Branch, CID including Security
  • Technical Services
  • Special Task Force


Decrease in crimes registered in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu police has various distinctions and honors to its credit. It has the largest strength of women police personnel in the country, the highest number of women police stations in the country, the first women police battalion of special police, the first women Commando Force in the Country, the first established Finger Print Lab in the World, the first Integrated Modern Police Control Room in the country and has the greatest number of computers against other police departments in the Country.[3] The table shown below details on the major crime trends in the state.[4] It can be noted that the overall number of crimes registered has come down steadily over the years.

Crime head 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Murder 1,647 1,487 1,389 1,365 1,273 1,521
Murder for gain 75 104 73 74 89 102
Dacoity 178 95 72 73 95 88
Robbery 650 514 464 437 450 495
Burglary 5,532 4,849 4,147 3,738 3,300 3,717
Theft 18,614 18,213 17,530 15,851 13,651 13,717
Total 26,696 25,262 23,675 21,538 18,858 19,410

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