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THE DELHI POLICE ACT, 1978

Title : THE DELHI POLICE ACT, 1978

Year : 1978



There shall be one police force for the whole of Delhi and all officers and subordinate ranks of the police force shall be liable for posting to any branch of the force including the Delhi Armed Police.



The superintendence of the Delhi police throughout Delhi shall vest in, and be exercisable by the Administrator and any control, direction or supervision exercisable by any officer over any member of the police force shall be exercisable subject to such superintendence.



Subject to the provisions of this Act,-

(a) The Delhi police shall consist of such number in the several ranks and have such organisation and such powers, functions and duties as the Administrator may, by general or special order, determine; and

(b) The recruitment to, and the pay, allowances and all other conditions of service of the members of, the Delhi police shall be such as may be prescribed:

Provided
that nothing in clause (b) shall apply to the recruitment to, and the pay, allowances and other conditions of service of the members of the Indian Police Service or the Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service.



For the direction and supervision of the police force in Delhi, the Administrator shall appoint a Commissioner of Police who shall exercise and perform such powers and duties and perform such functions as are specified by or under this Act.



(1) The Administrator may appoint one or more Additional Commissioners of Police for the purposes of this Act.

(2) The Additional Commissioner of Police shall-

(a) Assist the Commissioner of Police in the exercise of his powers and the performance of his duties in such manner and to such extent, and

(b) Exercise such powers and perform such duties of the Commissioner of Police and within such local limits, as the Administrator may, by general or special order, specify.



(1) The Administrator may appoint one or more Deputy Commissioners of Police or Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police or Assistant Commissioners of Police for the purposes of this Act.

(2) Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Act and subject to any general or special orders made by the Administrator in this behalf, every Deputy Commissioner of Police or Additional Deputy
Commissioner of Police or Assistant Commissioner of Police shall, under the orders of the Commissioner of Police, exercise such of the powers (except the power to make regulations and perform such of the dudes of the Commissioner of Police and within such local limits as may be specified in such orders.



(1) (a) The Administrator shall appoint a police officer not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner of Police to be the Principal of the
Police Training School for Delhi.

(b) The Commissioner of Police may by general or special order assign to the Principal of the Police Training School such powers and duties as he may deem fit for the proper functioning of that School.

(2) (a) The Administrator may establish a Police Training College for Delhi and appoint a police officer of appropriate rank to be the Principal of such College.

(b) The Commissioner of Police may by general or special order assign to the Principal of the Police Training College such powers and duties as he may deem fit for the proper administration of that
College.



Subject to the control of the Administrator, the Commissioner of Police shall-

(a) Constitute police districts within Delhi;

(b) Divide such police districts into police sub-divisions and specify the police stations comprised in each such sub-division; and

(c) Define the limits and extent of such police districts, police sub- divisions and police stations.



(1) Each police district shall be under the charge of a Deputy Commissioner of Police who may be assisted in the discharge of his duties by one or more Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police.

(2) Each police sub-division shall be under the charge of an Assistant Commissioner of Police and each police station shall be under the charge of an Inspector of Police.



Subject to such general or special orders in writing as the Administrator may make in this behalf,-

(a) Inspectors of Police may be appointed by the Additional Commissioner of Police; and

(b) Sub-Inspectors of Police and other officers of subordinate rank may be appointed by the Deputy Commissioners of Police, Additional Deputy Commissioners of Police, Principal of the Police Training College or of the Police Training School, or any other police officer of equivalent rank.



(1) Every police officer of the rank of Inspector and below shall on enrollment receive a certificate of appointment.

(2) The certificate shall be issued under the seal of such officer,and shall be in such form, as the Administrator may, by general or special order, specify.

(3) A certificate of appointment shall become null and void when the person named therein ceases to belong to the Delhi police or shall remain inoperative during the period such person is suspended from the Delhi police.



The powers, functions and privileges vested in a police officer shall remain suspended while such police officer is under suspension from office:

Provided that notwithstanding such suspension such person shall not cease to be a police officer and shall continue to be subject to the control of the same authorities to which he would have been subject if he had not been under suspension,



The Commissioner of Police shall direct and regulate all matters of arms. drill, exercise, observation of persons and events, mutual relations, distribution of duties, study of laws, orders and modes of proceedings and all matters of executive detail or the fulfillment of their duties by the police force under him.



The Commissioner of Police shall have the authority to investigate and regulate all matters of account connected with the Delhi police and all persons concerned shall be bound to give him reasonable aid and facilities in conducting such investigations and to conform to his orders consequent thereto.



(1) The Commissioner of Police may,at any time,by a written order, signed by himself and sealed with his own seal, appoint any able bodied male person not less than eighteen years of age, whom he considers fit, to be a special police officer to assist the Delhi police on any occasion, when he has reason to apprehend the occurrence of any riot or grave disturbance of the peace in any area and he is of opinion that the ordinary police force is not sufficient for the protection of persons residing, and for the security of property, within such area.

(2) The Commissioner of Police shall publish the names of special police officers appointed under this section in such manner as may be prescribed

(3) Any person objecting to the appointment of any person as such special police officer may send his reasons for such objection to the Commissioner of Police within fifteen days of such appointment and the Commissioner may accept such objection and cancel the appointment of such ,officer or, after giving to the objector an opportunity to be heard, reject the objection.

(4) Every special police officer appointed under this section shall, on appointment,-

(a) Receive a certificate of appointment in such form as may be specified by the Administrator in this behalf;

(b) Have the same powers, privileges and immunities and perform the same duties and be subject to the same authorities as an ordinary police officer.



Where additional police officers are required to be deputed under section 38, section 39 or section 40 the Commissioner of Police may appoint such number of additional police officers as he considers necessary and every such additional police officer, shall, on appointment,-

(a) Receive a certificate of appointment in such form as may be specified by the Administrator in this behalf;

(b) Have such of the powers, privileges and immunities and per form such of the duties of a police officer as are specifically mentioned in the certificate; and

(c) Be subject to the same authorities as an ordinary police officer of the same or similar rank or grade.

Last updated on September, 2016

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