Maharashtra Police

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Maharashtra Police Department
महाराष्ट्र पोलीस
Logo of the Maharashtra Police Department
Mottoसद्रक्षणाय खलनिग्रहणाय
"Sadrakshnāya Khalanīghrahanāya"
(Sanskrit:"To protect good and to Punish evil")
Agency overview
EmployeesSuperintendents of Police: 277
Deputy Superintendents: 652
Police Inspectors: 3530
Assistant Police Inspectors: 4530
Sub Inspectors: 7601 [1]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionMaharashtra, IN
India Maharashtra locator map.svg
Map of Maharashtra Police Department's jurisdiction
Size307,713 km2 (118,809 sq mi)
Population112,372,972 (2011)
Governing bodyGovernment of Maharashtra
General nature
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra

Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
Child agency

Maharashtra Police is the law enforcement agency responsible for the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is headed by Director General of Police and headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

It has one of the largest police departments in the country, having about 35 district police units in the state. The Maharashtra Police Department has a strength of nearly 1.95 lakh.[2] It also has 1.5 lakh women in its force.[3]

Special units[edit]

Independence Day Parade by Maharashtra Police at Karjat Railway Station

Following are the special units of the Maharashtra Police:

  • State Intelligence Department (SID): It came into existence in 1905 as Criminal Investigation Department (Intelligence Wing) and was renamed to its current name in 1981. It is headed by Commissioner of Intelligence.
  • Maharashtra State CID: This Crime Branch was established in 1905 and is headquartered in Pune. It is headed by the Additional Director General Police.
  • Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS): This unit was created by the Government of Maharashtra in 2004 for countering terrorism. It works in coordination with Central Agencies such as Intelligence Bureau and RAW.
  • Highway Traffic Police: This branch was created in 1993.
  • State Reserve Police Force (SRPF): The SRPF was raised on 6 March 1948 as a Special Armed Police Force of the State of Maharashtra.
  • Training Directorate
  • Protection of Civil Rights Cell
  • Motor Transport Unit: This was established in 1948 to cater to the needs of mobility of Maharashtra Police.
  • State Police Wireless: Established before 1947
  • Anti-Corruption Bureau: The ACB was constituted in 1957 with a view to eradicate the bribery and corruption in the state.
  • Force One: Force One is an elite commando force, which is a specialised counter terrorism unit to guard the Mumbai metropolitan area, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.
  • QRT : Quick Response Team

Mumbai is vulnerable to attacks from terrorists and underworld elements. There was a need for a highly trained, motivated, young, fit and fully equipped team to tackle such groups and to terminate hostage situations. This team responds in the shortest time, moves by fastest means, takes action to collect tactical information and neutralizes the threat. They rescue hostages, render assistance to Central forces and other State forces on Government duty. On the occasion of 30th Maharashtra Road Safety Week, Maharashtra Police launched "Cop for a Day" Program, this new initiative allows any citizen to be a part of the Maharashtra Police Force for 1 Day and be associated with different departments within Maharashtra Police[4]


  1. ^ "Maharashtra Police cadre strength", Maharashtra Police
  2. ^ "Workforce". Maharashtra Police. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. ^ Nishikant, Karlikar (3 January 2014). "Supriya Sule mocks Delhi CM's no-beacon stance". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
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