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Punjab Police (India)

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Abbreviation  P.P.
Employees  70000
Formed  1861
Annual budget  ₹4,600 crore

Motto  ਸ਼ੁਭ ਕਰਮਨ ਤੇ ਕਬਹੁੰ ਨਾ ਟਰੋਂ "Shubh karman te kabhun nan taron" (Punjabi in Gurumukhi Script:"Let me never deviate from doing a righteous deed" - Lyrics from a poem by Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj, 10th Patshahi")
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency

The Punjab Police is responsible for law enforcement in the state of Punjab, India. The mission of Punjab Police is the prevention and detection of crime, maintenance of law and order and the enforcement of the Constitution of India. The current chief of Punjab Police is Suresh Arora.

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On September 7, 2011, Punjab Police started a video conferencing service to redress problems of NRIs.

History

After Independence of India, Punjab police was responsible for protection of Indo-Pak as well as Indo-Chinese border before BSF and ITBP were raised.

Rapid Rural Police Response System

Punjab to be the first state of India to have Rapid Rural Police Response System which provides City PCR-like response service in rural areas. As Punjab Police adopted Computer-Aided-Dispatch (CAD) system for Dial 100 system, 289 four-wheelers and 724 GPS fitted motorcycles are being used.

Punjab Highway Patrol

Punjab Police have global positioning system (GPS) tracker and vehicle registration search device equipped highway patrol vehicles.

Night Policing Scheme

Punjab is first state in the country to launch Night policing scheme with independent cadre, command and structure of 4,000 strong police force for prevention of offences at night time.

Bureau of Investigation

Punjab is the first State of India that have formed Bureau of Investigation and separated law & order duties from investigation functions by bringing all investigation staff of 7,772 under a unified wing command. The Bureau of Investigation would conduct investigation into civil and criminal cases registered at various police stations and is equipped with:

  • mobile forensic evidence collection units
  • regional forensic science labs
  • modern cyber crime unit
  • modern interview rooms
  • modern women police stations in all districts
  • Training centres

    Police Recruits Training Centre

    Police Recruits Training Centre (PRTC) is located at Jahan Khelan, which is about 10 km from Hoshiarpur on the Una road. PRTC Jahan Khelan is headed by a Commandant. This is a subsidiary training centre of the Punjab Police Academy. It caters to the teaching and training needs of the newly recruited police constables and also organizes several other courses. It is the oldest and premier police training centre of Northern area and is functioning in this campus since November 1947 after shifting from fort Gobindgarh, Amritsar.

    Commando training centre

    Punjab Police has a commando training centre at Fort Bahadurgarh in Patiala.

    Armed Battalions

  • Punjab Armed Police
  • India Reserve Battalions
  • Punjab Commando Police
  • The headquarters of the Punjab Armed Police are located at Jalandhar while the India Reserve Battalions are stationed at Sangrur, Amritsar, Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar and the Punjab Commando Police at Bahadurgarh (Patiala) and S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali).

    Weapons and Equipments

    PP was equipped with .303 rifles, .410 Muskets,561 Sten Guns but now modernisation with Advanced weapons taking place.

    Vehicles

    Punjab Police have 3083 vehicles and patrol cars like Mahindra Scorpio Getaways and Maruti Gypsys. PP also have motorcycles equipped with GPS and Multi Utility Vehicles equipped with GPS and CCTV cameras.

    Punjab SWAT

    Punjab Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) was formed in 2010. They are usually tasked with protection duties. They are highly trained on the lines of National Security Guard by Israel's Mossad through private company Athena Security, deployed by the Punjab Government. All the commandos are under 28 years of age, thus making them fit and capable of tasks meant for commandos. Their main work is to fight against any terrorist attack if it occurs in Punjab State. They have been trained exclusively in Krav Maga, room intervention, close and open techniques and other secret tactics.

    The SWAT is provided with various state-of-art equipment and the latest technology. The teams are provided with:

  • Bullet-proof transport
  • Light weight bullet-proof jackets and helmets
  • Hands-free radio sets
  • Complete anti-trauma body suit with level-2 protection
  • Riot control helmet
  • Gas masks
  • Shock shields
  • Laser guns
  • Gas guns and
  • Pepper gun launcher
  • Weapons

  • Glock 17 pistol
  • Brugger & Thomet MP9 sub machine gun
  • Heckler & Koch MP5 sub machine gun
  • MTAR 21 X95 assault rifle
  • SIG 552 assault rifle
  • AK-47 assault rifle
  • Steyr SSG 69
  • CornerShot
  • Night vision device
  • Major operation

    Punjab SWAT very efficiently handled counter-terrorism operation at Dina Nagar Police Station in 2015 Gurdaspur attack by killing all 3 suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists.

    Commemoration Day

    Every year, 21 October is celebrated as Commemoration Day by Punjab Police.

    Punjab police has been frequently portrayed in films. Some of the prominent ones are listed below:

    Punjabi Films

  • Jatt & Juliet 2 (2013)
  • Baaz (2014)
  • Mahaul Theek Hai (1999)
  • Police in Pollywood (2014)
  • Hindi Films

  • Jo Bole So Nihaal (2005)
  • Praise

    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India praised Punjab Police saying,

    I know the difficulties and disaster which overtook the Punjab Police during the period of partition. Your force was depleted terribly and quickly you had to begin from a scratch. After such a partition and the period of communal disturbances a parallel of which is not known, you had to face great difficulties and you have in fact performed miracle in reorganizing your force in such a short time and in such a splendid manner

    References

    Punjab Police (India) Wikipedia


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