Sindh Police

Department of Sindh Police
Sindhi: سنڌ پوليس
Abbreviation SP

Logo of the Department of Sindh Police
Motto Striving to Serve
Agency overview
Formed 1843
Employees 105,234[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Province of Sindh, Pakistan
Size 140,914 sq. km.
Population 46.3 Million
Legal jurisdiction Sindh
Governing body Government of Sindh
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Karachi, Sindh
Agency executive Allah Dino (AD) Khawaja
Parent agency Department of Home, Sindh
Award President's Police Medal
Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Sindh Police (Sindhi: سنڌ پوليس, Urdu: سنده پولیس) (more commonly known as Sindh Police) is a Law enforcement agency established in 1843 under proclamation issued by Sir Charles Naipiar, who became the conqueror of the State of Sindh by defeating the forces of Talpur rules at battle of Miyani near Hyderabad on 20 March 1943. This was the first ever Police force established in the sub-continent (India). Ever since it inception, the organization raised on the model of Irish Constabulary to maintain law and order and law enforcement in Sindh, Pakistan. The department serves an area of ~140,914 km2., and has about ~105,234 police officers and staff to served in the department. As of current, Allah Dino (AD) Khawaja is the current Inspector-General who was appointed in 2016.[2]

The Sindh Police has been fictionalized as well as dramatized in numerous movies, novels, dramas, and television shows through its history.[3] The department has also been associated with a number of controversies, mainly concerned with crime, police brutality, and police corruption.[4]


After becoming the Governor of Sindh, General Sir Charles Napier established a policy system based on the pattern of the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1843. British Indian Army Officers closely supervised and controlled the force which was consequently more disciplined, efficient and less corrupt. Influenced by the success of Napier’s police, the Court of Directors of the East India Company suggested that a common system of police be established on the pattern of the Irish Constabulary.

The British Indian Government set up a Police Commission headed by Mr. H.M.Court in 1860. One of the policy directives to the Police Commission of 1860 was that "though the duties of the police should be entirely civil, not military, the organization and discipline of the police should be similar to those of a military body". The present police system in our country has been established under this Charter. At the time of British Indian Police there was a famous Superintendent of Police from Pirdad (Hazro) in Punjab named Muhammad Umar Khan, who was much decorated.[5]

In October 2010 the government announced that Sindh Police had been given the approval and will be provided with phone-tracking technology to help them tackle kidnapping cases and corruption on the streets of Karachi.[6]


The Sindh Police has been actively involved in countering human trafficking, drug trade, solving cases (such as murder and abduction) and gang rivalry (as seen in the Lyari Operation).

Current Structure

Today, Sindh Police is divided into:

Capital City Police Office - Karachi

Karachi CCPO is divided into three zones:[7]

A Traffic police man in Karachi.

Range Police Offices

Special Security Unit (SSU)

The Special Security Unit (SSU) is one of the specialized counterterrorism and security units of the Sindh Police. It performs the function of counterterrorism operations and provide security to important personalities and institutions. It is a Karachi based unit of Sindh Police, Pakistan and its operational jurisdiction extends to entire area of Sindh. The SSU was established due to the increased security and counterterrorism challenges in the country. It meets the international standards of counterterrorism training and has been directed to deal with the terrorist intimidations. The unit reports to IG Sindh and DIGP Security Mr. Lt(r) Maqsood Ahmed is the founding head of the unit.[10]

Police Special Branches

Service colour Dark blue and red
Uniform colour Black, Khaki[11]

CTD is divided into three cells

1. Operation Branch

2. Investigations Branch'

3. Anti-Extremist Cell'


Sindh police constables with AK-47s.

The Sindh Police uses a variety of weaponry. However, these are a few of the most common weapons used.

AK47, Heckler & Koch G3, Heckler & Koch MP5 (MP5K version also widely used), Beretta M92, various Glock pistols, RPG-7, Tear gas, Riot shields, Flak Jackets.

It is also very common for the Police to block roads with shipping containers from the Karachi Port. However, this is an extremely controversial move, as the police forcefully take these containers from shipping companies, and as these containers are extremely expensive to replace, the companies endure huge financial loss.


The most common vehicles used by the Sindh Police are:

Toyota Hilux (Vigo version), Toyota Corolla, (2011 version), Mohafiz Internal Security Vehicle, APC Talha.

The Sindh Police is not known to use any aircraft, however there have been rumours that the Police use locally produced UAVs such as the SATUMA Jasoos, for reconnaissance.


  1. Sindh Police Sanctioned Strength
  2. "Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police". Inspector Generals of the Sindh Police. Department of the Sindh Police. Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. PTV. "Divergent Image". PTV Drama Serials. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. Abbasi, Ansar (8 September 2013). "6,000 criminals hired, working in Sindh Police, PM told". News International. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  5. - Sindh Police History
  7. - Capital City Police Office, Karachi
  8. Sindh Police - Hyderabad Region
  9. Sindh Police - Larkana Range
  10. "SSU". Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  11. "New look: Police mulling over proposal to change uniform colour". The Times of India. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2015.


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