PUDUCHERRY ARMED POLICE
The Puducherry Armed Police was established in the year 1956 with
strength of 181 police personnel to replace the erstwhile “Sepoy
Company” in existence during the French Regime.
The post of Commandant / PAP was created in the year 1963.
This force was augmented by creating the second company with the
additional strength of 180 police personnel in the year 1966.
In the year 1973, third company was added to Puducherry Armed
Police with the strength of 180 police personnel in all.
The fourth and fifth companies were created in the years 1985 and
1987 with the strength of 143 and 125 police personnel respectively.
These 5 companies have been assigned as A, B, C, D and E companies.
Each company is placed under the control of an officer in the rank
of Inspector of Police, and under the overall control of the
As per the order No.152/2005-Home dt. 14.12.2005 of the Home
Department, Puducherry and the entire PAP is functioning under the
overall supervision of DIG.
Another post of Commandant, i.e. Commandant – II, was sanctioned in
the year 1985 and the post was subsequently re-designated as S.P and
transferred to Mahe.
BUILDING & INFRASTRUCTURE
Initially, the Puducherry Armed Police had been housed in the Police
Head Quarters. Since the space available there was insufficient
following adding of more Companies in the PAP, and there was also a
need for constructing Quarters for the Police Personnel, a total
extent of 34.89.25 Ha (i.e.) 86 acres and 21 cents was acquired at
Thattanchavady Revenue Village in Gorimedu, Puducherry and building
were constructed for the above purposes. The Puducherry Armed Police
started functioning in the present premises in the year 1973.
The Puducherry Armed Police has an Administrative Block in which the
Office of the Commandant, PAP and the officers of the Inspectors of
5 Companies are located. There is a stadium with Parade Ground,
where parades are conducted regularly. There is a common mess for
PAP personnel. There are separate buildings for Armory Unit and Band
Unit. There is a Mini Firing Range, where firing practices are
conducted for small arms. One Indoor Shuttle Court, a Police
Gymnasium, and two open Tennis Court are also functioning under the
control of PAP.
There are 187 Nos. of residential quarters in the Gorimedu Police
Complex. Out of 187, 160 Nos. of Type –I , 14 Nos. of Type –II, 12
Nos. of Type –III and one GO Quarters.
There are 303 Nos. of residential quarters in the Shanmugapuram
Police Complex. Out of 303, 212 Nos. of Type–I, 56 Nos. of Type –
II, 35 Nos of Type – III. Inspector of Police “E” Coy is the Line
Officer of the above quarters. He is looking after the maintenance,
A Primary Health Center with the strength of one Medical Officer,
one staff Nurse and 4 other Para-medical staff is functioning at
Gorimedu for providing treatment to the police personnel and their
families. The building for the PHC has been provided by the Police
Department and other facilities are extended by the Health
A Band unit is functioning with the strength of one Sub Inspector of
Police, 4 Head Constables and 12 Police Constables, and it is placed
under the control of Inspector of Police ‘A’ Company in order to
have proper control of the Band Unit and it is housed in the Police
Complex. There is a committee for the Band Unit consisting of IGP as
President, SSP (L&O) as, Vice President to review the activities and
functioning of the Band Unit. The Band party performs music in
Government functions. Apart from this, the Band Party is deputed to
the private functions of Police Personnel and members of public on
payment of Rs.1, 500/- and Rs.6000/- for 2 hours duration
respectively. The band party will be sent to 150 kms away from
Puducherry after getting approval of the SSP (L&O). Private parties
who require the services of Band Unit shall have to apply in writing
to Inspector of Police ‘A’ Coy on payment. The Band is provided to
private functions only when they are not engaged in official
function and is subject to approval of Commandant, PAP. In order to
attract tourist and to have close relationship with the public,
every Saturday evening the Band party is deputed to play music at
beach road where public presence is high, if there is no other
official engagement of the Band.
An Armory Unit is functioning adjacent to the main Administrative
Block. At present, 2 HCs and 8 PCs are working in this unit. Out of
8 PCs, 2 PCs have been sent to IEME, Secundarabad for Armourer basic
Various types of Arms and Ammunitions and Munitions including Civl
Arms deposited by SHOs of all Police Stations of U.T. of Puducherry
are kept in the Armoury Unit.
In addition to the above, the arms, ammunitions and munitions
allotted to the IRBn, Puducherry are kept in the Armoury.
Vajra and Varun vehicles
are under the control of Armoury Unit. The Armoury Unit is
functioning under the control of Inspector of Police ‘C’ Coy.