City police turn 150

The city police will celebrate 150 years of policing in the first week of January. Though the police commissionarate in the city was established in April 1856, the anniversary celebrations, which will be inaugurated by chief minister M. Karunandhi, will in the year 2007.
It was 150 years ago that the legislative council of the then governor passed the Police Act XII. Mr J. C. Boulderson became the first police commissioner of Chennai. Though there was policing as early as 1659, when the British engaged Pedda Naiks to guard the town of Madrasapattinam, it was only in 1770 that then governor DuPre constituted a board of police. Later Kotwal or overseers were appointed to supervise traders in the market places.
Madras had a population of 5 lakh in 1902. The city was divided into two ranges then. Today, the city police have 155 police stations covering 588 sq. k.m., with over 15,000 cops on the rolls.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 9:43 pm

    150 years still so inefficient…
    150 years of sucking the public blood…
    150 years of looting the public money…
    150 years of living on the bribary money…

    Yes it is time to celebrate. Oh wait what did they achive in that 150 years .. hmmmm ????

    BTW, the public fears the police than they fear the local Dada’s !!!

  2. suppamani (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 10:17 am

    What you said is correct only to 33.33333% and not 100% What you said all is for the last 50 years only; the reasons for the same is well known to evry body and I think I need waste the sapce here by erasoning out .

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