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Karnataka Police

Karnataka State Police
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of Karnataka, IN
Map of Karnataka Police Department's jurisdiction
Legal jurisdiction State of Karnataka
Governing body Government of Karnataka
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Karnataka State Police, Bangalore – 560001
Agency executive Om Prakash, IPS[1], Director General of Police, Karnataka State
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Karnataka State Police is the law enforcement agency for the Indian state of Karnataka. The force is headed by the Director General of Police.


The district police administration is headed by a Superintendent of Police. A group of districts comprise a range, led by an Inspector General of Police. Police administration in Bangalore is headed by a commissioner of police with the rank of Additional DGP. Mysore is headed by an Inspector General of Police(IGP). Mangalore, Belgaum and Hubli-Dharwad are headed by a deputy inspector general of police (DIG).

The Director General and Inspector General of Police are the heads of the state's police department, and under him are Additional Directors General of Police. Each Additional Director General of Police is in charge of a particular function: law and order, crime and technical services, administration, intelligence, the Karnataka State Reserve Police, recruitment and training or civil-rights enforcement.

There are four Commissions. The Bangalore commissioner has the rank of Additional Director General of Police, and the commissioners in Hubli-Dharwar and Mysore have the rank of Inspector General of Police. The commissioner of Mangalore holds the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police. Below the Additional Directors General of Police are Inspectors General of Police. Six Inspectors General of Police are in charge of ranges, with several Inspectors General of Police in charge of specific functions. Each Range comprises three to six districts, and each district is headed by a Superintendent of Police.

Ranges and districts
Range Districts
Southern Range, Mysore Mysore, Kodagu, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagara
Western Range, Mangalore Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Chickmaglur, Haveri and Udupi
Eastern Range, Davangere Chitradurga, Bellary, Shimoga and Davangere
Central Range, Bangalore Tumkur, Kolar, Bangalore, Kolar Gold Fields, Chikkaballapura and Ramanagara
Northern Range, Belgaum Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad, Bagalkot and Gadag
North Eastern Range, Gulbarga Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Koppal and Yadgiri

The police stations are the lowest units of the police department. There are 906 police stations, 230 circle offices, 91 SDPOs and 31 DPOs (including railway police). Police stations are headed by inspectors in towns and cities. There are two to four sub-inspectors in addition to assistant sub-inspectors, head constables and constables. Rural police stations are headed by a sub-inspector or two sub-inspectors covering law and order and crime, depending on the station's importance. They are grouped into circles, comprising a sub-division. Sub-divisions are headed by Deputy Superintendents of Police and circles by Police Inspectors.

Law and Order

This wing is headed by an officer with the rank of Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order.

State Intelligence Wing

The Intelligence Wing is headed by an Additional Director General of Police, assisted by two Inspectors General of Police and four Superintendents of Police at headquarters. The five Superintendents of Police in the Intelligence Divisions are in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Gulbarga and Belgaum.

Crime and Technical Services Wing

This wing is headed by the Additional Director General of Police, Crime and Technical Services. It includes the Fingerprint Bureau, Forensic Scientific Laboratory, Police Computer Wing and State Crime Record Bureau.

Reserve police

In the state, the police trace their origins to the former Mysore State Imperial Service. They consist of:

  • A District Armed Reserve (DAR) for each district
  • A City Armed Reserve (CAR) in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Hubli-Dharwad
  • A Special Task Force (STF)
  • The Karnataka Armed Reserve Mounted Police, headquartered in Mysore
  • Coastal Security Police (CSP)
  • Government Railway Police (GRP)

The reserve police (KSRP) is headed by an Additional Director General of Police, assisted by an Inspector General and two Deputy Inspectors General of Police at headquarters. The Karnataka State Reserve Police consists of 10 battalions: four in Bangalore and one each in Mysore, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Shimoga and Shiggoan.

Mounted police

In 1951 the horses in the maharaja's bodyguard were used for the Karnataka Armed Reserve Mounted Police, headquartered in Mysore. The stables, fields and office buildings date to the maharajas' time. Mounted police are used for traffic duty, night patrol, officer training and the Mysore Dasara. The force is made up of 90 horses and 150 officers and men.

Mounted-police riders still practice tent pegging, and are also known for games, ceremonial parades and showmanship. Its riders have won a number of prizes in national and international equestrian competitions. The mounted police is headed by S. G. Mariba Shetti, who has won gold medals at the 1995 World Police Games in Australia (1995) and in 2001 in Indianapolis(2001) and has commanded the Dasara procession since 1977.

Coastal Security Police

The Coastal Security Police, established in 1999, is headed by an Inspector General of Police followed by a Superintendent of Police and other staff. The CSP has jurisdiction over Karnataka's coastal waters from Talapady in Dakshina Kannada to Sadashivgad in Uttara Kannada, about 320 kilometres (200 mi).

Forest Cell

The Forest Cell assists the Karnataka Forest Department with their operations.


This wing is headed by the Director General of Police, Training, assisted by an Inspector General of Police (Training) and Deputy Inspector General of Police (Training). Karnataka has ten training institutions:

  • Karnataka Police Academy (Mysore)
  • Karnataka State Police Training School (Channapatna)
  • Police Dr(Bangalore)
  • Traffic Training Institute (Bangalore)
  • Karnataka State Police Training Centre (Gulbarga)
  • Special Branch Training Institute (Bangalore)
  • Wireless Training Institute (Bangalore)

Special units

State-level units perform specialised police functions and assist civil-police units:

  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Economic Offenses and Special Units: Headed by a Director General of Police, the unit oversees the Corps of Detectives, the Forest Cell, the Economic Offenses Unit and the Cyber Police Station.
  • Directorate of Civil-Rights Enforcement: Headed by an Additional Director General of Police, Civil Rights Enforcement, and assisted by an Inspector General of Police, a Deputy Inspector General of Police and a Superintendent of Police at headquarters. the wing has six field units (each headed by a Superintendent of Police) at the police ranges in Bangalore, Mangalore, Davangere, Belgaum, Gulbarga and Mysore. The directorate monitors and investigates cases registered under the Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955 and the Prevention of Atrocities Act, and is the watchdog of rights and benefits extended to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
  • Communication, Logistic and Modernisation Wing: Headed by an Additional Director General of Police, the wing consists of a Police Wireless Unit and a Motor Transport Organisation (both headed by a Superintendent of Police).
  • Planning & Modernisation: Headed by an Inspector General of police, Planning and Modernisation, the wing receives consolidation proposals for the police department and submits them to the government for approval.
  • Police Housing & Welfare: Headed by an Inspector General of Police, Grievance Cell and Human Rights

See also


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