Police Department


Protect the lives and liberties of the people from criminal and anti- social elements Earn the good will, support and active assistance of the community. Co-ordinate with other departments of criminal Justice System. Equal treatment regardless of caste, religion, social and economic status or political affiliations. Due consideration for women, children, senior citizens and weaker sections. Improve professional knowledge, skills and attitudes and adopt modern methods in police work. Promote human rights and professional values of integrity, honesty and efficiency. Accept and play our role in social transformation and bring about improvement in the quality of life with society

Vision and Mission

The mission of Shivamogga District Police is to uphold the law, maintain order and keep the peace in Shivamogga District.

We are a force for the nation, ensuring the security, survival and success of Shivamogga and helping to build it into our best home. We are a police force that inspires one and all.

We are a harmonies family. Each of us serves and leads, contributing to the objectives of the team. Our workplace is enjoyable and our people are the most valued assets.

We want to be an organisation that sustains the life for the nation. We want to be united with the community to assure the highest level of safety and security for Shivamogga District. We want our work with and in the community to be filled with care.

We will be guardians, friends and Protectors of the community, serving them with the best of our ability and to the highest of our standards. We want those inclined to crime and disorder to fear us, as much as the public trusts us.

We want to be an organisation where our people are developed to their fullest potential and where the best ideas come from all levels of the organisation.

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The Amildar was assisted in his duties by a Killedar, Daffedars, Hoblidars and Shekdars. In 1844, a Superintendent of Police was appointed with powers him from the Killedars downwards. In 1873, the Deputy Commissioner was made the head of the police force in the district.


UNDER the ruling dynastic of yore, the police system was simple though vigorous. It was the duty of the headman of the village to secure the village against thieves and robbers. He exercised the authority of a police magistrate, with the assistance of the Talavar and co-operation of the villagers. There were Kavalgars in groups of villages, who did police duties. The town assemblies administered law and order and kept a watch on movement of suspicious persons coming into and leaving the towns. Treasons against the ruler or the State were considered a heinous offence for which punishment was execution. The police organization received considerable attention, and security administration was generally rigorous. The responsibility for safety of person and property was entrusted to the district officers who had to preserve peace and order. There were also spies who sent reports to higher authorities. The governors and Dandanayakas were responsible for maintenance of law and order in their areas. The Patnada Chavadi, which was the headquarters of the police at the metropolis and which supervised the work of the village watchmen also, under the Wodeyar rulers of Mysore, was continued under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan also, with addition of a considerable number of spies to gather intelligence of every type. Later, under the administration of Dewan Purnaiya (1799-1811), the Amildar of each taluk was made the head of the police in his jurisdiction, and he disposed of all minor complaints. For protecting the life and property of the people, there were armed police officials called the Kandachar Police. In 1834, the British Commission promulgated a code under a special Hukumnama which regulated the day-to-day duties of the Kandachar Police. This force was meant exclusively for attending to police duties during normal times and to assist the defence forces during times of grave public disorders.

         The direction of the police force in Mysore, after the rendition of the State in 1881, was at first in the hands of the Dewan, and the Deputy Commissioners of the districts. In 1885, an officer was designated as the Inspector-General of Police; he was also Inspector-General of Forests and Plantations and Director of Agriculture and Statistics. An Assistant Commissioner of Police was appointed for each district and he acted under the general supervision of the Deputy Commissioner. The Amildars and Deputy Amildars continued to be the heads of police in their jurisdictions and were assisted by Police Inspectors and Jamedars. At the end of 1891, the Police Department was again re-organised and an Inspector-General of Police was appointed as the full-time head of the Department and Assistant Commissioners of Police were graded as Superintendents and Assistant Superintendent of Police. The police force continued to consist of both the regular police, and the village police who were hereditary village servants. In 1901-02, the village police were provided with a uniform and lances. The District Police comprised the Taluk Police and District Reserve Force including the Armed Emergency Reserve, the former occupying the various station for doing ordinary police duties and the latter being attached to the District Police Office. In the latter part of the year 1908-09, a separate Criminal Investigation Department was organized. A separate Railway Police Force was also organized. Each village was made responsible for local protection.

In 1913, when the Police Department was further re-organised, Jamedars were replaced by Sub-Inspectors. After the new Mysore State was formed in 1956, in order of bring about uniformity in the police administration through out the State, the Mysore Police Act, 1963 (Mysore Act No.4 of 1964), was adopted and it came into force with effect from 2nd April 1965. The functions, powers and administrative set-up of the police are now governed by this Act.

Between 1959 and 1972, there were a few scuffles and consequent tensions between groups of two communities at Sagar, Shivamogga , Ripponpet Nonabur, Basavani and Araga. Factions in Tyavanige, Kengalahalli (1959), Kulambi, Kathalagere and Goppenahalli village (1960) led to breaches of peace and rioting and the armed reserve police had to be rushed to the spots. There were also three cases of rioting during elections of local bodies at honnali, Hole-honnur and Goppenahalli. In 1966, a number of families from Kerala had illegally occupied Government lands in some villages of Shivamogga and Thirthahalli taluks. The District Police carried out the eviction without giving room for any unhappy incidents. During the same year, some political parties offered Satyagraha on railway lines, picketed some post offices and observed bundhs to protest against the re-opening of the Belgaum issue.


          The Superintendent of Police, Shivamogga, is the officer incharge of the police administration of the entire district. He works directly under the control of Inspector-General of Police, Eastern Range, Davanagere, who is responsible to the Director General & Inspector General of Police in Karnataka, Bangalore. The Superintendent of Police is responsible for all matters relating to the Departments internal management and economy, maintenance of discipline and regular and punctual performance of all police duties in the district. He has to ensure prevention, investigation and detection of crimes and has to see that the staff posted under him are properly trained and kept efficient. 

          For the purpose of police administration, the district is divided into five sub-divisions with headquarters at Shivamogga, Bhadravathi, Sagar, Shikaripura and Thirthahalli respectively. The Shivamogga Sub-Division is headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and has three circles, viz, Shivamogga Rural, Kote and Doddapet. The Bhadravathi Sub-Division is under the charge of the Deputy Superintendent of Police and has two circles, viz, Bhadravathi Rural & Bhadravathi Town. The Sagar Sub-Division is under the charge of the Deputy Superintendent of Police and consists of one circles i.e., Sagar Rural (including PI as SHO at Sagar Town P.S.), Shikaripura Sub-Division is under the charge of the Deputy Superintendent of Police, and consists of two circles i.e, Shikaripura & Sorab. Finally Thirthahalli Sub-Division is under the charge of the Deputy Superintendent of Police and consists of two circles i.e, Hosanagara & Thirthahalli. A Circle Inspector of Police is in charge of each circle which comprises two or three police stations. The Circle Inspectors have to guide and supervise the work of Sub-Inspectors (Station House Officers) who are in charge of police stations. They have to investigate personally grave crimes occurring in their circles. The Sub-Inspectors, who are responsible for the efficient working of police stations (which number 32 in the district), have to maintain law and order and also attend to prevention and detection of crimes occurring in their respective jurisdictions.

          The Police stations are the lowest functional unit of police department. At present there are 32 Police stations and 17 out post in Shivamogga district.


Organization Structure

          The Superintendent of Police is the head of the police department of the District. He is assisted by the Additional Superintendent of Police and five Deputy Superintendents of police. The Additional Superintendent of Police is in charge of Crime and Traffic. The Deputy Superintendents of police are in charge of a particular sub division. Each sub-division is further divided into Circles, Each of which is under an Inspector of Police. Each circle sub-divided into Police Stations each of which is under one or two Sub-Inspectors with a complement of ASIs, CHCs and CPCs. Generally ASIs are placed in charge of each out posts.

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Shivamogga Police Strength



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Special Branches

District Special Branch

A Unit named as District Special Branch is attached to the District Police Office. It is directly under the control of the Superintendent of police. It has to collect intelligence concerning political, communal, social, students, labours, Naxal activities, criminal and any other matters of importance. In this section, there are one Inspector, one Sub-Inspector and three Assistant Sub-Inspector assisted by 13 Head Constables.

District Crime Record Bureau

There is a District Crime Record Bureau working under the direct control of the Superintendent of Police at Shivamogga. It serves as the agency for collecting particulars about crimes and criminals and for maintaining records about them and it disseminates the information to police officers in and outside the district. In this section, there is One Deputy Superintendent of Police, one Police Inspector, one Sub-Inspector, assisted by five Head Constables.

District Crime and Intelligence Bureau

This unit is working under the direct supervision of the Supdt.of Police, which would collect intelligence and take, action regarding gambling, prostitution, drugs and other social elements. They are also supposed to work regarding offences of special importance and investigation of murder, dacoity and other sensational cases which are undetected. This unit is headed by a police inspector. He is assisted by a complement of civil head constables.

District Armed Reserve Police

There are two district armed reserve police force in this district. One is located at Bhadravathi headed by 1 RPI and another at Shivamogga headed by DSP(DAR). DAR Bhadravathi is headed by an officer of the rank of RPI who is working under the supervision of DSP(DAR) Shivamogga. DSP(DAR) Shivamogga who is head of the district armed reserve and is assisted by 02 RPIs, 08 RSIs, 62 ARSIs, 155 AHCs and 313 APCs. This unit is providing standing guards, escorts, and striking force in emergent law and order situations.

Police Control Room

Control room is the nerve center for all communication purposes of Shivamogga district Police. Police Inspector rank officer is in charge for this unit . It acts as a medium of communication between the Superintendent of Police and his subordinate officers. The communications among the police in Shivamogga district is monitored here for 24 hours.
• You may also dial 112 in case of emergency.

Computer Section

The Computer Section consists of 1 PSI, 1 ASI, 1 HC and 2 PC posts, which function in the computerization of district police stations. The department has an online software called Police IT, which protects computers from Antivirus Server, ADSL Server, WSUS, E-Mail server and. Performs networking related functionality. Provides training to Police officer and staff on technology and software.

Finger Print Unit

This Wing is headed by an officer of the rank of Police Inspector. He is assisted by 01 Police sub-Inspector, 1 Civil Head Constable, 02 Civil Constables. This wing is working directly under the control of Addl. Supdt.of Police. It mainly deals with visiting scene of offence in theft cases and important cases.

Motor Transport Section

This wing is placed at DAR, Shivamogga and is functioning under the Supervision of DSP (DAR) consisting of AHC Mechanic, AHC drivers, APC drivers, APC Motor cycle riders, APC mechanic and APC Cleaners. Motor vehicle section will look after the repairs and maintenance of all the Police Vehicles of the District

District Level Officer Contact

G K Mithun Kumar, IPS.

Superintendent of Police,

Office of the Superintendent of Police,

Sagara Road, Shivamogga

E-Mail :

Phone : 08182-261400