Tamil Nadu Police
|TAMIL NADU POLICE
தமிழ்நாடு காவல் துறை
|Emblem of the Tamil Nadu Police.|
|Motto||Truth Alone Triumphs|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||State of Tamil Nadu, IN|
|Size||130,058 square kilometres (50,216 sq mi)|
|Legal jurisdiction||As per operations jurisdiction.|
|Governing body||Govt. of Tamil Nadu|
|Headquarters||Chief Office, Dr. Radha Krishnan Salai, Chennai - 600 004.|
|* 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. Tamil Nadu has a Police population ratio of 1 : 632.
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. K. Ramanujam, 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. S. Davidson devasirvatham 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.
- Rifles: AK-47, Ishapore 2A1 rifle, Lee-Enfield, INSAS rifle, FN FAL.
- Handguns: All Glock variants.
- Weapon systems: Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli made advanced shotguns and grenade launchers.
City Police, district police & Police Ranges
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].
- Chennai -S. George, IPS
- Coimbatore - A.K. Viswanathan, IPS
- Madurai - Sanjay Mathur, IPS
- Trichy - Shailesh Kumar Yadav, IPS
- Salem - Kanhu Charan Mahali, IPS
- Tirunelveli - Sunil Kumar Singh, IPS
- Tirupur - Senthamaraikannan, IPS
- Ariyalur - S. Prabakaran
Madurai - V. Balakrishnan
The special units of Tamil Nadu Police perform specific functions related to security, intelligence, criminal investigations and support services. 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
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. The table shown below details on the major crime trends in the state. It can be noted that the overall number of crimes registered has come down steadily over the years.
|Murder for gain||75||104||73||74||89||102|
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