November, 1966, the newly formed Indian State of Haryana was carved out of the Eastern portion of Punjab. The city of Chandigarh was selected to be the joint capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and declared as a Union Territory. Chandigarh is one of the best planned cities on India. It as unique place in the world in terms of architecture and town planning. The city is located in picturesque setting at the foot of Shivalik hills.
Chandigarh Police was reorganized on 1st November, 1966. The first chief of Chandigarh Police was Shri V. K. Kalia, SSP. The post of IGP was created in 1981 and 16 IGPs have been appoint till date. Presently Shri R. P. Upadhyaya, IPS, is the Inspector General of Police.
The Chandigarh Police is presently headed by an Inspector General of Police who is ably assisted by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. The Senior Superintendent of Police looks after crime and law & Order aspects of policing whereas Traffic & Security is looked after by the Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic & Security). The training, operations and crime against women and children are looked after by Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations & Training). The Indian Reserve Battalion of Chandigarh Police is looked after by the Commandant, IRB.
Chandigarh Police has been playing a key role in keeping the city beautiful as a model City as envisioned by the first Prime Minister of the country Pt. Jawhar Lal Nehru. Though the city planner Le-Corbusier planned the City only for half a million people but today its population has crossed one million mark. In order to keep pace with the growing need of the city. Chandigarh Police has taken many steps towards strengthening its infrastructure and management of traffic. The present strength of Chandigarh Police is over 6000 men and women.
Chandigarh Police has been continuously striving to keep the city safe and secure. Its various units like crime wing, Operation Cell, Security Wing, Traffic Police, etc. keep working round the clock to provide best policing services to the citizens.
A copy of the first ever FIR registered in Chandigarh is given below.