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Delhi Police Organizational Setup

The present structure of Delhi Police came into being in 1948 only because prior to that Delhi was under Punjab Police. After the constitution of Delhi Police as an individual entity, various senior posts were filled. The posts were that of the IG, Deputy IG and various superintendents. The first officer to don the cap of the Delhi Police Chief was Mr. D. W. Mehra.

It was only in 1966 that the Delhi Police Commission was set up. It then set up the Police Commissioner system on the 1st July 1978. The first Commissioner of Delhi Police was Mr. I. N. Chaturvedi.

Today, Delhi Police holds various distinctions. One of them is its reputation as the biggest metropolitan police in the world. It has 149 police stations under it, one of the highest numbers in the world.

Take a look at the various components of the Delhi Police:

  • 3 Special Commissioners
  • 17 Joint Commissioners
  • 7 Additional Commissioners
  • 74 Deputy Commissioners
  • 272 ACPs

In addition to being one of the main metros of the country, it is also the capital of India and that makes Delhi one of the main cities of the country. It is a major hub for various activities, be it cultural, social or economic. The Parliament of India is situated in Delhi and that makes it the most important political center in the country. That means the Delhi Police always have to be alert and extra efficient when it comes to the maintenance of law and order in the city.

Some of the main functions of Delhi Police are as follows:

  • All crimes, be it small or big, the Delhi Police have to investigate them fairly and competently.
  • It is the responsibility of Delhi Police to control and eliminate criminal activities of all kinds.
  • The safety and security of women citizens is the prime responsibility of Delhi Police and they have to constantly endeavour to protect women citizens at all times.
  • The traffic of Delhi assumes much importance because many dignitaries travel by road, especially ministers and other high profile people, in addition to the common citizens. Hence, the Delhi Police will have to control and maintain traffic as efficiently as possible so as to make the travel smooth for dignitaries as well as common public and to see that none of them are inconvenienced.

Since it has to undertake various roles efficiently, the Delhi Police has a very prolific and modern administrative system considered to be one of the best in India. The motto of the Delhi Police is ‘Citizen First’ and that is why, they have many people friendly initiatives. One of the challenging roles of Delhi Police is to maintain traffic and to ensure the avoidance of accidents. The Delhi Police have many initiatives in place to ensure that its role in traffic control is one of the best and efficient.

There are 12 main braches under the Delhi Commissioner of Police. Below are the main four:

  • Special C.P Administration
  • Special C.P Training
  • Special C.P Security and Armed Police
  • Special C.P Intelligence

 The Delhi Police also has 8 Joint Commissioners of Police and four Special Commissioners of Police.  The special Commissioner of Police in charge of Administration has three joint Commissioners of Police under him. He also has two additional Commissioners of Police under him. One of the officers is responsible for the functioning of the Police Headquarters. He also has to look after the Public Relations and hence a PRO or a Public Relation Officer works under him to assist him in various duties of Public Relations. There is a Deputy Commissioner of Police or DCP for every Joint CP or Additional CP.

A DCP or Deputy Commissioner of Police reports to the Special Commissioner of Police while the vice-principal of PTC or Police Training College is answerable to the DCP.
Three joint CPs work under a Special CP in charge of security and Armed Police. Each of this CPs has one additional CPs who works under them. It is the duty of this additional CPs to supervise the duties of the CPs in the police battalion.

A joint CP and an additional CP works under the Special CP in charge of Intelligence. The additional CP is in-charge of another additional CP and also the FRRO section and thus he also has to look after the registration of foreigners in places coming under the jurisdiction of Delhi Police. While there is a DCP under the additional CP, there is an additional DCP under DCP.

It is the Joint CP who controls the serving DCPs of all regions, including north, south and east. The DCP in-charge of STF and DCP Supreme Court comes under the Joint CP of NDD. It is the Commissioner of Police who controls the Joint CP.

Organisation Chart


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