Chennai Police Commissionerate
The commissionerate was originally headquartered in Vepery until 1842, when it moved, along with its various departments, to a historic building on Pantheon Road, Egmore, which remained the administrative centre of the city police for over 170 years, until 2013. The property, a bungalow in a paddy field, was bought by Arunagiri Mudaliar for ₹ 36,000. On 1 May 1842, the city police moved into the bungalow for a monthly rent of Rs. 165. The two-storied building is a classic colonial bungalow with Doric columns and Madras terrace. In 1856, when Lt. Col. J.C. Boulderson of 35 regiment of Native infantry took charge as the first police commissioner of Chennai, the land and bungalow were purchased by the police department for ₹ 21,000.
For a brief period from 1882, the office was said to have moved to a building on Police Commissioner Office Road and then back to the bungalow. However, the historic records remain obscure. The building on Police Commissioner Office Road, which currently houses the police photographer’s department, has a circular plaque with the inscription "Colonel W.S. Drever CSI Commissioner of Police, R.F. Chisholm, architect" and the year 1882 inscribed on it. It is still unclear to historians as to why and when the office moved from Pantheon Road to Police Commissioner Office Road and then back.
The new commissionerate was opened by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on 18 October 2013.
After the departments are completed shifted to the new building, the commissioner office in Egmore is expected to be converted into a police museum.
The building has 9 floors with a total built-up area of 173,000 sq ft, built on 5.49 acres of land. Construction began in 2009 and the work was completed in 2013 at a cost of over ₹ 254.6 million. The building has a basement parking facility for vehicles.
Offices at the new commissionerate
The ground floor of the building houses the public grievances redressal hall, passport verification zone and a reception area. Alongside the cyber crime lab, the elite special unit of the city police, the CCB with its 17 departments, occupy the first and second floors. The third, fourth, and fifth floors house various administrative wings of the city police manned by deputy commissioners. An anti-terror cell (ATC), with specialised personnel from the Central crime branch working in coordination with the city intelligence unit, to monitor and tackle extremist activity in the city, is housed on the fifth floor. The sixth floor houses the intelligence wing of the city police. The seventh floor houses the traffic police control room and another control room with children, women and senior citizen’s helpline. The topmost floor is occupied by the commissioner and the four additional commissioners and joint commissioner (intelligence), alongside a large conference hall.
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- Peter, Petlee (11 October 2013). "City police move to swanky, new address in Vepery". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 19 Oct 2013.