Pune, 02 January 2024: Tracing the Journey
Established as a beacon of law and order, the Maharashtra Police, one of the largest police forces in India, proudly upholds its legacy while embracing modernity and innovation. Born on May 1, 1960, in the third-largest state of India, the force embarked on a journey steeped in service, sacrifice, and vigilance.
Strength in Numbers and Structure
With a formidable lineup comprising 302 Indian Police Service officers, 282 Superintendents of Police, 523 Deputy Superintendents of Police, 3522 Inspectors, 3123 Assistant Police Inspectors, and 180,550 constabulary members, Maharashtra Police stands tall as a sentinel of security across the state’s 11 Commissionerates and 34 district police units.
Heritage and Functionality: Headquarters
The Maharashtra Police Headquarters, nestled within a Grade I listed heritage building, boasts a rich history dating back to its construction between 1872 and 1876 by the renowned architect Frederick William Stevens. Having served various roles during the British Raj, the edifice transitioned into the nerve center of the state’s policing apparatus in 1982.
Pillars of Specialization: Special Units
State Intelligence Department (SID)
Originally the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) since 1905, the SID, under the astute guidance of the Commissioner of Intelligence, is pivotal in gathering and analyzing critical intelligence.
Maharashtra State Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
Headquartered in Pune since its establishment in 1905, the CID operates as a specialized Crime Branch, led by the Additional Director General of Police.
Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS)
Born in 2004 to combat terrorism, the ATS collaborates with central agencies like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), fortifying a proactive stance against terror.
Quick Response Team (QRT)
Formed to safeguard Maharashtra’s coastlines and respond swiftly to potential threats, the QRT, comprising highly trained personnel, specializes in hostage rescue and aids central and state forces during critical operations.
Tasked with investigating bribery and corruption offenses, the Anti-Corruption Bureau operates under the purview of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, upholding integrity within the state machinery.
Force One : Elite Counter-Terrorism Unit
Fashioned in response to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Force One stands as an elite counter-terrorism unit, fiercely guarding the Mumbai Metropolitan Region akin to the National Security Guard (NSG).
Pioneering Initiatives and Public Engagement
In a testament to its commitment to public participation and innovation, the Maharashtra Police launched the groundbreaking “Cop for a Day” program during the 30th Maharashtra Road Safety Week. This visionary initiative allows citizens to experience a day within the Maharashtra Police Force, fostering understanding and partnership in the pursuit of public safety.
26/11 Mumbai Attacks: A Test of Valor
The dark hours of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks stand as an enduring testament to the valor and resilience of the Maharashtra Police. The force displayed unparalleled bravery, engaging terrorists in prolonged battles at various locations across the city. Officers exhibited remarkable tactical skills, putting their lives on the line to protect citizens and mitigate the impact of the devastating attacks.
Community Engagement and Pandemic Response
During the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maharashtra Police exemplified not just law enforcement but also empathy and humanity. Officers worked tirelessly to enforce lockdown measures while extending a helping hand to the vulnerable. They distributed food, facilitated medical assistance, and ensured the safe passage of stranded migrants, embodying the true spirit of service.
Acknowledging Sacrifice and Honor
Martyrs of Maharashtra Police
The force has paid a steep price in its pursuit of safeguarding the state and its people. Brave officers like Ashok Kamte, Hemant Karkare, and Vijay Salaskar laid down their lives during the 26/11 attacks, leaving an indelible mark of sacrifice and valor.
Recognition and Accolades
Despite the challenges and sacrifices, the Maharashtra Police has garnered acclaim and honors. Awards like the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service stand as testimony to the unwavering dedication and exceptional contributions of its officers.
A Salute to Service and Vision
As Maharashtra Police commemorates its Foundation Day, it does not just mark an anniversary but an enduring legacy carved through service, innovation, and an unwavering dedication to safeguarding its people. With a strategic blend of specialized units, robust infrastructure, and forward-thinking initiatives, the force stands poised to embrace the challenges of tomorrow while preserving the ethos of safety and security.