Tamil Nadu Police

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Tamil Nadu Police
தமிழ் நாடு காவல்
Tamil Nadu Police (emblem).jpg
Logo of the Tamil Nadu Police
Motto Truth Alone Triumphs
Agency overview
Employees 88,218
Volunteers 11,605
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Tamil Nadu, IN
India Tamil Nadu locator map.svg
Map of Tamil Nadu Police Department's jurisdiction
Size 130,058 square kilometres (50,216 sq mi)
Population 7,21,38,958
Legal jurisdiction State of Tamil Nadu
Governing body Government of Tamil Nadu
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by Department of Home, Prohibition and Excise, Tamil Nadu
Headquarters Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai-600 004
Agency executive Ashok Kumar IPS[1], Director-General of Police, Tamil Nadu State
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Tamil Nadu Police is the primary law enforcement agency of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is over 150 years old and is the fifth largest state police force in India.[2] Tamil Nadu has a police-population ratio of 1:632.


The administrative control of Tamil Nadu Police vests with the Home Minister. Tamil Nadu police force is headed by a Director-General of Police (Law & Order). S/he may be assisted by an Additional Director-General of Police (Law & Order). For administrative purposes, the state has been divided into four police zones - North, South, West and Central each headed by an Inspector-General of Police. IG may be assisted by a Deputy Inspector-General Of Police. Each district is headed by a Superintendent of Police whereas major metropolitan cities such as Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur and Coimbatore have a separate police force headed by a City Police Commissioner equivalent to the rank of Inspector-General of Police.


Majority of the equipment used by Tamil Nadu police are manufactured by Indian Ordnance Factories controlled by the Ordnance Factories Board, Ministry of Defence, Government of India. Tamil Nadu police are equipped with various weapons such as AK-47, Ishapore 2A1 rifle, Lee–Enfield rifle, INSAS rifle, FN FAL rifle, Glock handguns, shotguns and grenade launchers.

Special Units[edit]

The special units of Tamil Nadu Police perform specific functions related to security, intelligence, criminal investigations and support services.[2] They are as follows:

  • Armed Police or Tamil Nadu Special Police
  • Civil Defence and Home Guards
  • Civil Supplies, CID
  • Coastal Security Group (CSG)
  • Crime Branch, CID
  • Economic Offences Wing (EOW)
  • Operations - TN Commando Force & Commando School
  • Prohibition Enforcement Wing
  • Railway Police
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Special Branch, CID including Security
  • Technical Services
  • Special Task Force (STF)


Tamil Nadu police has the largest strength of women police personnel and women police stations in the country, the first women police battalion of special police and commando force, the first established finger print lab, the first integrated modern control room in the country and has the greatest number of computers amongst police departments in the Country.

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