RAJASTHAN POLICE

Rajasthan PoliceRajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region. In its capital, Jaipur, are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story sandstone screen. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the 1600s.

Rajasthan is spread across 342, 239 KM. It was founded on 1 November, 1956. Capital Jaipur, Population 74.79 Million, 2016.

Background of Rajasthan Police

With the advent of independence in August 1947, the 563 princely States of India were gradually integrated into different administrative homogeneous units.

The State of Rajasthan, in its present form came into being in different stages. The Matsya union comprising Alwar, Bharatpur, Dholpur and Karauli were the first to be ushered in on March 18, 1948. They were joined a week later by Banswara, Bundi, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Kishangarh, Kushalgarh, Kota, Pratapgarh, Shahpura, Tonk and Udaipur.

After one year the four larger States viz. Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer also joined in. Together they formed the Greater Rajasthan, which was inaugurated by Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on 31st March, 1949.

Though the process had started immediately after independence, it was not until 1956 that all the States came together to form the present Rajasthan. The erstwhile princely States constituting Rajasthan varied considerably in size, population, revenue resources, administrative procedures and practices. This was duly reflected in the composition and capability of security forces they had maintained for law and order functions. However, with the merger of these States, their police forces were amalgamated into a single police force as Rajasthan Police.

The first Inspector General of Police (IGP) was Shri R.Banerji, who took over on 7th April, 1949. The Rajasthan Police Service was formed in January 1951 and eligible officers from all over the State were appointed. This marked the beginning of Rajasthan Police.

Manoj Bhatt, IPS, is the present Director General of Police (DGP) of Rajasthan.