|Department of Sindh Police
Sindhi: سنڌ پوليس
Logo of the Department of Sindh Police
|Motto||Striving to Serve|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Province of Sindh, Pakistan|
|Size||140,914 sq. km.|
|Governing body||Government of Sindh|
|Agency executive||Allah Dino (AD) Khawaja
|Parent agency||Department of Home, Sindh|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Sindh Police (Sindhi: سنڌ پوليس, Urdu: سنده پولیس) is a Law enforcement agency established in 1843 under proclamation issued by Sir Charles Naipiar, who became the conqueror of the State of Sindh by defeating the forces of Talpur rules at battle of Miyani near Hyderabad on 20 March 1843. This was the first ever Police force established in the Indian subcontinent. Ever since its inception, the organization raised on the model of Irish Constabulary to maintain law and order and law enforcement in Sindh, Pakistan. The department serves an area of ~140,914 km2., and has about ~105,234 police officers and staff to served in the department. As of current, Allah Dino (AD) Khawaja is the current Inspector-General who was appointed in 2016.
The Sindh Police has been fictionalized as well as dramatized in numerous movies, novels, dramas, and television shows through its history. The department has also been associated with a number of controversies, mainly concerned with crime, police brutality, and police corruption.
After becoming the Governor of Sindh, General Sir Charles Napier established a policy system based on the pattern of the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1843. British Indian Army Officers closely supervised and controlled the force which was consequently more disciplined, efficient and less corrupt. Influenced by the success of Napier’s police, the Court of Directors of the East India Company suggested that a common system of police be established on the pattern of the Irish Constabulary.
The British Indian Government set up a Police Commission headed by Mr. H.M.Court in 1860. One of the policy directives to the Police Commission of 1860 was that "though the duties of the police should be entirely civil, not military, the organization and discipline of the police should be similar to those of a military body". The present police system in our country has been established under this Charter. At the time of British Indian Police there was a famous Superintendent of Police from Pirdad (Hazro) in Punjab named Muhammad Umar Khan, who was much decorated.
In October 2010 the government announced that Sindh Police had been given the approval and will be provided with phone-tracking technology to help them tackle kidnapping cases and corruption on the streets of Karachi.
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It is also very common for the Police to block roads with shipping containers from the Karachi Port. However, this is an extremely controversial move, as the police forcefully take these containers from shipping companies, and as these containers are extremely expensive to replace, the companies endure huge financial loss.
Today, Sindh Police is divided into:
Capital City Police Office - Karachi
Karachi CCPO is divided into three zones:
- West Zone - 30 Police Stations in the areas of SITE Town, New Karachi Town, North Nazimabad Town, Gulberg Town, Liaquatabad Town, Orangi Town and Baldia Town.
- East Zone - 34 Police Stations in the areas of Gulshan Town, Shah Faisal Town, Landhi Town, Korangi Town, Bin Qasim Town, Malir Town and Gadap Town.
- South Zone - 32 Police Stations in the areas of Kemari Town, Clifton, Saddar Town, Jamshed Town and Lyari Town.
- Traffic Zone - divided into five traffic zones in the city of Karachi.
Range Police Offices
- Hyderabad Range - covering districts of Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar, Badin, and Dadu.
- Sukkur Range - comprising two Ranges:
- Mirpur Khas Range covering districts of Mirpurkhas, Tharparker at Mithi and Umerkot
Special Security Unit (SSU)
The Special Security Unit (SSU) is one of the specialized counterterrorism and security units of the Sindh Police. It performs the function of counterterrorism operations and provide security to important personalities and institutions. It is a Karachi based unit of Sindh Police, Pakistan and its operational jurisdiction extends to entire area of Sindh. The SSU was established due to the increased security and counterterrorism challenges in the country. It meets the international standards of counterterrorism training and has been directed to deal with the terrorist intimidations. The unit reports to IG Sindh and DIGP Security Mr. Lt(r) Maqsood Ahmed is the founding head of the unit.
Police Special Branches
|Service colour||Dark blue and red
|Uniform colour||Black, Khaki
- Special Branch Headed by Adll: Inspector General of Police, Special Branch, Sindh.
- Training and Inspection Branch
- Technical & Transport Branch
- Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)
- Sindh Reserve Police
- Crime Branch
- Special Security Unit (SSU) Sindh headed by Lt (R) Maqsood Ahmed
CTD is divided into three cells
1. Operation Branch
2. Investigations Branch'
3. Anti-Extremist Cell'
The Sindh Police uses a variety of weaponry. However, these are a few of the most common weapons used.
The most common vehicles used by the Sindh Police are:
- Sindh Police Sanctioned Strength
- "Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police". Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police. Department of the Sindh Police. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in:
- PTV. "Divergent Image". PTV Drama Serials. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- Abbasi, Ansar (8 September 2013). "6,000 criminals hired, working in Sindh Police, PM told". News International. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- - Sindh Police History
- - Capital City Police Office, Karachi
- Sindh Police - Hyderabad Region
- Sindh Police - Larkana Range
- "SSU". Retrieved 29 May 2016.