Odisha Police

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Odisha Police
Odisha Police Logo.png
Emblem of the Odisha Police
AbbreviationOP
MottoWe Protect. We Care
ସେବା ଓ ସୁରକ୍ଷା
Agency overview
FormedApril 1, 1936
Employees72,145
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionOdisha, IN
India Orissa locator map.svg
Map of Odisha Police Department's jurisdiction
Size60,160 square miles (155,800 km2)
Population41,947,358
Governing bodyGovernment of Odisha
General nature
HeadquartersCuttack, Odisha, India

Agency executive
Parent agencyGovernment of India Government of Odisha
Child agency
  • Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP)
Facilities
Stations612
Website
odishapolice.gov.in

The Odisha Police, abbreviated as either OP or OPS, is the law enforcement agency for the state of Odisha in India. It is headquartered in Cuttack, the former capital of Odisha.[1] The Odisha Police is headed by a Director General of Police, currently Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma, IPS[2], and falls under the purview of the state's Home Department of the Government of Odisha. The sanctioned personnel strength of Odisha Police is 72,145; comprising women as one-third of it total sanctioned strength in the directly recruited posts of civil constable, sub-inspector and deputy superintendent of police. This feat makes it one of the foremost in that aspect among the police services of India.

History[edit]

Along with the formation of Odisha, the "Orissa Police" got its establishment on 1st of April 1936. The department was a force comprising 4000 trained men of all ranks. The Orissa Police Manual Rules (OPMR) was unveiled in 1940 which boasted rules and regulations of the powers, functions and duties of the police department at various levels.

Department Organisation[edit]

Ranges[edit]

The Odisha Police is organized into ten Police Ranges, most of which are further divided into districts. The Ranges are:

Divisions[edit]

The Odisha Police has the following organisatorial Divisions:

  • Technical
  • Training
  • Investigation

Ranks[edit]

The Odisha Police maintains the following ranks:[3]

Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP)[edit]

The Odisha Special Armed Police consists of 8 Odisha Special Armed Police Battalions, 6 Specialized Indian Reserved (IR) Battalions, 4 Social Security (SS) Battalions, 2 Specialized Indian Reserved (IR) Battalions and an Special Security Battalion, working under the Bhubaneswar–Cuttack Police Commissionerate.

History of the OSAP[edit]

The Orissa Military Police was formed under the Orissa Military Police Act VII (Government of Odisha) of 1946 which was formed on the 1st of March 1946. Till 1980, the Orissa Military Police was serving the state with its two battalions i.e. the Gurkhas and the Oriyas. After the Orissa Military Police (Amendment) Act 1980, the name “Orissa Military Police’’ was changed to “Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP)”. There after, the department has achieved numerous remarkable feats advacing regularly with latest gadgets, arms and ammunition.

Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF)[edit]

The Odisha Industrial Police Force (OIPF) is a security force which was constituted to protect public and private sector industrial undertakings in Odisha. The force was formed under the Odisha Industrial Security Force Act of the Government of Odisha in 2012.

Odisha Auxiliary Police Force (OAPF)[edit]

Government of Odisha sanctioned altogether 5600 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs) keeping in mind of SC and ST's employment in 2008. Currently, the force has a sanctioned strength of 1521 personnel.

Odisha Police Academies[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Year Organisation Conferring Event
SKOCH Award Gold Dynamic Web Portal 2018 52nd SKOCH Summit SKOCH Group
Special Jury Award Community Policing 2018 FICCI Smart Policing Awards Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
FICCI Smart Policing Award Senior Citizens' Security in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack 2016 FICCI Smart Policing Awards Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
FICCI Smart Policing Award Enhancing Women Safety and Security in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack 2016 FICCI Smart Policing Awards Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List Of Police Stations (Thana) In Orissa - Orissa Police". indiamapped.com. 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. Headquarters of Orissa police is located in Cuttack
  2. ^ "Rajendra Prasad Sharma becomes new DGP of Odisha". Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Police Ranks and Badges". Odisha Police. Retrieved 22 January 2018.