Greater Chennai Police
Logo of the 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
HeadquartersChennai Police Commissionerate
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, namely, 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.

Ranks of law enforcement in Chennai Police

The ranks, posts and designations of all police officers vary from state to state as law and order is a state matter. But, generally the following pattern is observed:[7][8][9]

Gazetted Officers
Indian Police Service gazetted officers rank insignia [10][11][12]
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Director General of Police.png
Insignia of Inspector General of Police in India- 2013-10-02 16-14.png
Deputy Inspector General of Police.png
Senior Superintendent of Police.png
Superintendent of Police.png
Additional SP IPS.png
DySP IPS.png
Assistant SP IPS 2.png
Assistant SP IPS 1.png
Rank Director General of Police Additional Director General of Police[note 1] Inspector General of Police Deputy Inspector General of Police Assistant Inspector General of Police / Senior Superintendent of Police Superintendent of Police Additional superintendent of police Deputy superintendent of police Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probationary Rank: 2 years of service) Assistant Superintendent of Police (Probationary Rank: 1 year of service)


Non-gazetted officers
Indian Police non-gazetted officers rank insignia [13][14][15]
Police Inspector insignia.png
Assistant Police Inspector.png
Police Sub-Inspector.png
Assistant Sub-Inspector.png
Head Constable.png
Police Head Constable.png

Police Naik.png
Senior Police Constable.png
No insignia
Rank Inspector Assistant inspector[note 2] Sub-inspector Assistant sub-inspector Head constable[note 3] Senior police constable
Police Naik[note 3]
Abbreviation INS API SI ASI HC SC PC
  • Note: Colour pattern and size of chevrons may vary according to the different rules of several distinct Indian State Police services.

List of police stations

Following are the new list of delimitation police stations within the jurisdiction of Chennai Metropolitan Police.[16]

Sn Station code Station name
1 E4 Abhiramapuram
2 S8 Adambakkam
3 J2 Adyar
4 K3 Aminjikarai
5 K4 Anna Nagar
6 D2 Annasalai
7 D6 Anna Square
8 K8 Arumbakkam
9 R3 Ashok Nagar
10 K2 Ayanavaram
11 P4 Basin Bridge
12 S2 Chennai Airport
13 G7 Chetpet
14 F1 Chintadripet
15 R5 Choolaimedu
16 K11 CMBT
17 F2 Egmore
18 C2 Elephant Gate
19 B2 Esplanade
20 N4 Fishing Harbour
21 C1 Flower Bazaar
22 E5 Foreshore Estate
23 B3 Fort St. George
24 D7 Govt. Estate/M.G.R. Memorial
25 C4 Govt. Hospital
26 E6 Govt. Royapettah Hospital
27 J3 Guindy
28 B5 Harbour
29 B4 High Court
30 D3 Ice House
31 K7 I.C.F.
32 G4 Institute of Mental Health
33 V3 J.J. Nagar
34 N2 Kasimedu
35 D8 K.G. Hospital
36 G3 Kilpauk
37 R7 K.K. Nagar
38 G6 KMC Hospital
39 R2 Kodambakkam
40 P6 Kodungaiyur
41 V6 Kolathur
42 H4 Korukkupet
43 C5 Kothavalchavadi
44 J4 Kotturpuram
45 K10 Koyambedu
46 R6 Kumaran Nagar
47 M1 Madhavaram
48 S7 Madipakkam
49 T4 Maduravoyal
50 R1 Mambalam
51 D5 Marina
52 F7 Maternity Hospital
53 S3 Meenambakkam
54 R10 MGR Nagar
55 P5 MKB Nagar
56 N3 Muthialpet
57 E1 Mylapore
58 S4 Nandambakkam
59 J8 Neelankarai
60 H5 New Washermenpet
61 B1 North Beach
62 V7 Nolambur
63 F3 Nungambakkam
64 P2 Otteri
65 S9 Palavanthangal
66 K5 Peravellore
67 G2 Periamet
68 H7 Peripheral Hospital
69 B6 Port Marine
70 P1 Pulianthope
71 M3 Puzhal
72 V4 Rajamangalam
73 H6 R.K Nagar
74 R11 Royala Nagar
75 E2 Royapettah
76 N1 Royapuram
77 J1 Saidapet
78 J5 Sastri Nagar
79 G5 Secretariat Colony
80 K1 Sembium
81 C3 Seven Wells
82 R4 Soundarapandiyanar Angadi (Pondy Bazaar)
83 H2 Stanley Hospital
84 S1 St. Thomas Mount
85 J13 Taramani
86 E3 Teynampet
87 K9 Thiru Vi Ka Nagar
88 V5 Thirumangalam
89 J6 Thiruvanmiyur
90 H8 Thiruvotriyur
91 J9 Thoraipakkam
92 F4 Thousand Lights
93 H3 Tondiarpet
94 K6 TP Chathiram
95 D1 Triplicane
96 R8 Vadapalani
97 R9 Valasaravakkam
98 J7 Velachery
99 G1 Vepery
100 V1 Villivakkam
101 R5 Virugambakkam
102 P3 Vyasarpadi
103 H1 Washermanpet
104 D4 Zam Bazaar


  1. ^ Rank insignia of DGP is similar to additional DGP.
  2. ^ This rank only exists in the Maharashtra Police.
  3. ^ a b Shoulder insignia rank only used in the Maharashtra Police.


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