Greater Chennai Police
Logo of the Greater Chennai Police
Common nameChennai Police
MottoTruth alone triumphs
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Chennai Suburban Police
    Chennai City Police
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Governing bodyDepartment of Home, Government of Tamil Nadu
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersVepery, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
Parent agencyTamil Nadu Police
  • Aviation
  • Emergency Service
  • Organized Crime Control Bureau
  • Scuba Team and Harbor
  • Special Victims
  • Major Case Squad
  • Taxi Squad
  • Movie and Television
  • School Safety
  • Real Time Crime
  • Auxillay Police
  • Crime Scene
  • Evidence Collection
  • Transit Bureau
  • Housing Bureau
  • Highway Patrol
  • Transportation Bureau
Chennai City Mounted Police officers patrolling in their khaki colored uniform during a cricket match.
Chennai City Mounted Police officers patrolling in their khaki colored uniform during a cricket match.

The Greater Chennai Police, a division of the Tamil Nadu Police, is the law enforcement agency for the city of Chennai in India and the surrounding area. The city police force is headed by a Commissioner of Police and the administrative control vests with the Tamil Nadu Home Department.[1] There are four sub-divisions of the Greater Chennai Police, and 104 police stations. The city's traffic is managed by the Greater Chennai Traffic Police. Chennai is the first city in India to introduce e-Beat system used to measure the daily routine and performance of the police personnel.[2][3]


In 1659 when Chennai (then called as Madraspatanam) was just a group of fishing villages. Pedda Naik formed a group of peons to guard the town. By 1780 the post of Superintendent of Police was created to manage the markets. After the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the British Raj in India formed the modern Madras Police as part of its reforms.[4]

The Chennai City Traffic Police is a branch of the Greater Chennai Police, with the mission of regulating traffic in the city of Chennai. It was established in 1929 when the Police department was split into 3; i.e. Law & Order, Crime and Traffic. As of 2011, the government merged Chennai Suburban Police with Chennai city police to form The Greater Chennai Police Commissionerate.[5]


Police women in Chennai, India in 2010
Police women in Chennai, India in 2010
Chennai Police Hyundai Accent patrol car
Chennai Police Hyundai Accent patrol car
Chennai City Police's Yellow Brigade
Chennai City Police's Yellow Brigade

Additional Yellow Brigades & Blue Brigades motorcycles and patrol vehicles have been introduced in Greater Chennai. Each Yellow Brigade covers a distance of 2 km2 approximately during daytime from 6 am to 9 pm. The Blue Brigade covers the same distance of 2 km2 during nighttime from 11 pm to 6.30 am. The patrol vehicles covers an approximate distance of 3.2 km2 each day. For patrol duty, 40 Jeeps have been provided equipped with police sirens, revolving lights, public address system, fire extinguisher, top search light, police display light and wireless communication system. The response time to control room calls has been brought down to 3–4 minutes. The Tamil Nadu Police claims that the crime rate in the Greater Chennai City has come down considerably after these initiatives.

The police force include 100 Hyundai Accent patrol cars that was donated by the Hyundai Motor Company, whose factory is located in Sriperumbudur, on the outskirts of the city. The cars are fitted with digital cameras, wireless communication devices and loudspeakers,[6] making this the only police force in the country to use sedan patrol cars. Patrol cars have been provided to Greater Chennai Police. Hyundai donated Accent cars to Chennai Police, of which 75 were given to Law & Order, 21 to traffic department. The remaining 4 cars were incorporated into the Chief Minister's convoy.


Greater Chennai Police comes directly under Tamil Nadu Police. Greater Chennai Police is headed by one Additional Director General of Police(ADGP) of TN Police force, who is known as Commissioner. Hierarchy is as follows(from high to low level):

  1. Commissioner of Greater Chennai Police (CoP) / ADGP, Tamil Nadu Police.
  2. Additional Commissioner of Police (ACoP) {One of the Additional Commissioners head Greater Chennai Traffic Police}
  3. Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP)
  4. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP)
  5. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
  6. Inspector
  7. Sub-Inspector
  8. Head Constable
  9. Constable II
  10. Constable I

List of police stations

Following are the list of few police stations within the jurisdiction of Chennai Metropolitan Police.[7] New Commissionerate are Avadi and Tambaram

Sn Station code Station name
1 E4 Abhiramapuram (C)
2 S8 Adambakkam (C)
3 J2 Adyar (C)
4 S2 Chennai Airport (C)
5 T1 Ambattur (A)
6 T2 Ambattur Estate (A)
7 K3 Aminjikarai (C)
8 K4 Anna Nagar (C)
9 D2 Annasalai (C)
10 D6 Anna Square (C)
11 K8 Arumbakkam (C)
12 R3 Ashok nagar (C)
13 T6 Avadi (A)
14 T7 Avadi Tank Factory (A)
15 K2 Ayanavaram (C)
16 P4 Basin Bridge (C)
17 G7 Chetpet (C)
18 F1 Chintadripet (C)
19 S12 Chitlapakkam (T)
20 R5 Choolaimedu (C)
21 S13 Chrompet (T)
22 H6 R.K Nagar (C)
23 F2 Egmore (C)
24 C2 Elephant Gate (C)
25 M5 Ennore (A)
26 B2 Esplanade (C)
27 N4 Fishing Harbour (C)
28 C1 Flower Bazaar (C)
29 E5 Foreshore Estate (C)
30 B3 Fort St. George (C)
31 D7 Govt. Estate/M.G.R. Memorial (C)
32 C4 Govt. Hospital (C)
33 J3 Guindy (C)
34 B5 Harbour (C)
35 B4 High Court (C)
36 K7 I.C.F. (C)
37 D3 Ice House (C)
38 V3 J.J. Nagar (C)
39 R7 K.K. Nagar (C)
40 N2 Kasimedu (C)
41 G3 Kilpauk (C)
42 R2 Kodambakkam (C)
43 P6 Kodungaiyur (C)
44 V6 Kolathur (C)
45 T3 Korattur (A)
46 H4 Korukkupet (C)
47 C5 Kothavalchavadi (C)
48 J4 Kotturpuram (C)
49 K10 Koyambedu (C)
50 R6 Kumaran Nagar (C)
51 T13 Kunrathur (T)
52 R10 MGR. Nagar (C)
53 P5 MKB Nagar (C)
54 M2 Madhavaram Milk Colony (A)
55 M1 Madhavaram (C)
56 S7 Madipakkam (C)
57 T4 Maduravoyal (C)
58 R1 Mambalam (C)
59 M6 Manali (A)
60 M7 Manali New Town (A)
61 T14 Mangadu (A)
62 D5 Marina (C)
63 S3 Meenambakkam (C)
64 T8 Muthapudupet (A)
65 N3 Muthialpet (C)
66 E1 Mylapore (C)
67 S4 Nandambakkam (C)
68 J8 Neelankarai (C)
69 H5 New Washermenpet (C)
70 B1 North Beach (C)
71 F3 Nungambakkam (C)
72 P2 Otteri (C)
73 S9 Palavanthangal (C)
74 S5 Pallavaram (T)
75 S10 Pallikaranai (T)
76 T9 Pattabiram (A)
77 S14 Peerkankaranai (T)
78 K5 Peravellore (C)
79 G2 Periamet (C)
80 R4 Soundarapandiyanar Angadi (C)
81 T12 Poonamallee (A)
82 B6 Port Marine (C)
83 P1 Pulianthope (C)
84 M3 Puzhal (C)
85 V4 Rajamangalam (C)
86 M4 Red Hills (A)
87 E2 Royapettah (C)
88 N1 Royapuram (C)
89 J1 Saidapet (C)
90 J5 Sastri Nagar (C)
91 M8 Sathangadu (A)
92 G5 Secretariat Colony (C)
93 S15 Selaiyur (T)
94 K1 Sembium (C)
95 C3 Seven Wells (C)
96 S6 Shankar Nagar (T)
97 T15 SRMC (A)
98 S1 St. Thomas Mount (C)
99 K6 TP Chathiram (C)
100 E3 Teynampet (C)
101 S11 Tambaram (T)
102 K9 Thiru Vi Ka Nagar (C)
103 V5 Thirumangalam (C)
104 T10 Thirumullaivoyal (A)
105 T11 Thiruninravur (A)
106 J6 Thiruvanmiyur (C)
107 T5 Thiruverkadu (A)
108 H8 Thiruvotriyur (C)
109 J9 Thoraipakkam (C)
110 F4 Thousand Lights (C)
111 H3 Tondiarpet (C)
112 D1 Triplicane (C)
113 R8 Vadapalani (C)
114 R9 Valasaravakkam (C)
115 J7 Velachery (C)
116 G1 Vepery (C)
117 V1 Villivakkam (C)
118 R5 Virugambakkam (C)
119 P3 Vyasarpadi (C)
120 H1 Washermanpet (C)
121 D4 Zam Bazaar (C)
122 J10 Semmanchery (T)
123 S16 Perumbakkam (T)
124 J11 Kannagi Nagar (T)
125 T16 Nazarethpet (A)
126 J12 Kannathur (T)
127 F7 Maternity Hospital (C)
128 H2 Stanley Hospital (C)
129 H7 Peripheral Hospital (C)
130 V7 Nolambur (C)
131 K11 CMBT (C)
132 G6 KMC Hospital (C)
133 G4 Institute of Mental Health (C)
134 D8 K.G. Hospital (C)
135 E6 Govt. Royapettah Hospital (C)
136 J13 Taramani (C)
137 R11 Royala Nagar (C)


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