Office of Sub Divisional Police Officer

  • Duties of Sub-divisional Police Officer: The main objects of government in posting gazette officers to sub-divisions are to prevent and detect crime to ensure that close supervision is exercised over investigations. In all important cases, therefore, the officer should visit the spot and see that the enquiry is being pushed through without delay, that clues are not overlooked and that the subordinate police are working honestly.
  • The officer should consult the Sub-Divisional Magistrate in all matters affecting the original administration and the maintenance of peace in the sub division. His relations with the sub-divisional magistrate should be similar to those between the Superintended of Police and the District Magistrate.
  • Local knowledge of Sub-divisional Police Officers: The first essential for the prevention and detection of crime is local knowledge, and the Sub-divisional Police Officer should, by going into the villages, get into close and friendly touch with people and leading villagers and ascertain their wants from a police point of view; ascertain whether the rural police are doing their duty and are residing. He should particularly enquire whether any new criminal gangs are at work, and in places where there are a large number of absconders, see that real efforts are made by the police to effect arrests. He should promptly take up and investigate all charges brought against the police unless and until the enquiry is taken up by the Superintendent of Police himself or a Magistrate, in which he will assist to the best of his ability.
  • Inspections by Sub-Divisional Police Officers: A Sub-Divisional Police Officer will not inspect police stations unless so ordered by the Superintendent of Police. He will, however, be responsible for ensuring that full action is correctly taken on the points raised at the inspections of the Superintendent of Police and of the Circle Inspector and seeing that all Standing Orders and Circulars are correctly obeyed.
  • Duties at Headquarters of Sub-Divisional Police Officers: At headquarters he will examine case diaries and final forms, but must be careful not to delay the submission of the later to the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate. He will attend the Magistrate’s Court during the trial of important cases, visit the sub-treasury guard and town police beats to see that the police are at their posts and alert, examine arms and ammunition, hold jail alarm parades; hold kit inspection once a month and test the completeness of the Court Officer’s indices against the Conviction Register. In sub-divisions where there is a Sub-Divisional Police Officer, the circle Inspector and the Court Officer will send all papers in Special Report Cases and such other cases and papers as he may desire, and quarterly return of heinous crime intended for the Superintendent of Police through the Sub-Divisional Police Officer who will forward them to Superintendent of Police with his remarks.
  • The Superintendent of Police will ensure that the Sub-Divisional Police Officer avoids any tendency towards undue increase I correspondence, as this can only hamper him in his main duties which lie in the field.
  • Sub-Divisional Police Officer’s note-book and tour diary: He will keep a note-book and a tour diary as prescribed in Rule 1-62 and Rule II-60 respectively. The tour diary will be submitted to the Inspector General through the Superintendent of Police.

Organizational Chart of the Office of the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Amlarem