Thursday, February 6, 2014

White Ambassador Car, Kolkata

White Ambassador car, displaying Police sticker. The automobile is manufactured by Hindustan Motors at its Uttarpara plant near Kolkata. The Amby, as it is affectionately called, has been in continuous production since its inception, with very few improvements or changes.

The Amby is used by government departments, including the Kolkata Police.

About the Kolkata Police: The Calcutta Police Act and the Calcutta Suburban Police Act, which are still in force, were enacted in 1866. After India gained independence from British rule in 1947, Calcutta Police was re-organised as an arm of a newly emerged nation-state keen on consolidating its freedom. Surendra Nath Chatterjee was the first Indian Commissioner of Police.

Kolkata Police has 8 divisions covering 65 Police Stations. It has a strength og approximately 26,000 and a territorial jurisdiction of 243 sq. kms (approx). There are 8 battalions of armed forces as well as specialized branches like the Detective Department, Special Branch, Reserve Force, Traffic Police, Enforcement Branch, Wireless Branch Special Task Force and security Control office.

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