Sindh Police

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Department of Sindh Police
Sindhi: سنڌ پوليس
SindhPolice Logo.jpg
Abbreviation SP
Motto Striving to Serve
Agency overview
Formed 1843[1]
Employees 105,234[2]
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Sindh, Pakistan
Size 140,914 sq. km.
Population 46.3 Million
Legal jurisdiction Sindh
Governing body Government of Sindh
Headquarters Karachi, Sindh

Agency executive
Parent agency Department of Home, Sindh
  • President's Police Medal 1954-86 Pakistan.svg President's Police Medal
    Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal 1951-86 Pakistan.svg Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal

The Sindh Police (Sindhi: سنڌ پوليس‎, Urdu: سندھ 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. Ever since its inception, the organization raised on the model of the Royal 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. [[Amjad Javid Saleemi] is the current Inspector-General, appointed in 2016.[3]

The Sindh Police has been fictionalized as well as dramatized in numerous movies, novels, dramas, and television shows through its history.[4] The department has also been associated with a number of controversies, mainly concerned with crime, police brutality, and police corruption.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]


The Sindh Police has been actively involved in countering human trafficking, drug trade, solving cases (such as murder and abduction) and gang rivalry (as seen in the Lyari Operation).

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.

Current Structure[edit]

Now a days a police officer SSP Irfan Baloch works hard to create a good environment in Hyderabad Pakistan.

A Sindh Police constable in uniform with a handgun on his belt.

Today, Sindh Police is divided into:

Capital City Police Office - Karachi[edit]

Karachi CCPO is divided into three zones:[8]

Akhtar Hassan Khan Gorchani
  • Traffic Zone - divided into five traffic zones in the city of Karachi.

Range Police Offices[edit]

Special Security Unit (SSU)[edit]

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.[11]

Police Special Branches[edit]

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'


Sindh police constables with AK-47s.

The Sindh Police uses a variety of weaponry. However, these are a few of the most common weapons used.

AK47, Heckler & Koch G3, Heckler & Koch MP5 (MP5K version also widely used), Beretta M92, various Glock pistols, RPG-7, Tear gas, Riot shields, Flak Jackets.


The most common vehicles used by the Sindh Police are:

Toyota Hilux (Vigo version), Toyota Corolla, (2011 version), Mohafiz Internal Security Vehicle, APC Talha.

The Sindh Police is not known to use any aircraft, however there have been rumours that the Police use locally produced UAVs such as the SATUMA Jasoos, for reconnaissance.

Citizens Police Liaison Committee[edit]

Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) (Urdu: شہری پولیس رابطہ پنچائیت‎) is a public-private relationship, self-funding, Non-Political Statutory organization, established under a notification by the Sindh government. CPLC provides relief and technical support to victims of crime. Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim established the Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) in 1989, the CPLC works in Karachi and assists citizens in registering the (FIR) if it is refused by police for some reason.

The public takes initiative as a volunteer and report the failing law and order situations to the law enforcement agencies to achieve its objectives.[12][13]

Organization structure[edit]

CPLC is distributed among 6 district offices in Karachi, one district office at Hyderabad, decided to establish a district office in Sukkur, where as its main office is located in the Governor House Sindh.[14] A Police core group was established by the IGP Sindh to cooperate among Police and the citizens.[15]

CPLC had previously Ahmed Chinoy as its chief and new chief Zubair Habib has been appointed as a new chief of CPLC.[16] CPLC has established 1102 as its help-line.[17] Makhdoom Ali Khan was member of the Advisory Board of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).


  1. ^ Team, AHK Soft. ":: Sindh Police ::". Retrieved 2018-05-03. 
  2. ^ Sindh Police Sanctioned Strength Archived 13 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police". Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police. Department of the Sindh Police. Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ PTV. "Divergent Image". PTV Drama Serials. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Abbasi, Ansar (8 September 2013). "6,000 criminals hired, working in Sindh Police, PM told". News International. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  6. ^ - Sindh Police History Archived 14 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  8. ^ - Capital City Police Office, Karachi Archived 3 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Sindh Police - Hyderabad Region Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Sindh Police - Larkana Range Archived 20 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "SSU". Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Sindh governor seeks CPLC chief's resignation: sources". Dawn. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "CPLC, Rangers, police to jointly fight street crime with volunteers' help". Dawn. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Who we are". Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "CPLC-police core group proposed". Dawn. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "New CPLC chief appointed". Dawn. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "CPLC gets new helpline". DAWN. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 

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