Delhi has a
long history of policing through the famed institution of the
Kotwal. Malikul Umara Faqruddin is said to be the first Kotwal
of Delhi. He became the Kotwal at the age of 40 in 1237 A.D.
The institution of Kotwal came to an end with the crushing of
the 1857 Mutiny by the British.
An organized form of policing was established by the British
after the Mutiny of 1857, with the adoption of the Indian Police
Act of 1861.
According to the 1912 Gazette, Delhi District was under the
control of a DIG of Police with his headquarters at Ambala.
In the year 1966, the Government of India constituted the Delhi
Police Commission headed by Justice G.D.Khosla to go into the
Problems faced by Delhi Police and it was on the basis of the
Khosla Commission Report that the Delhi Police was once again
Four Police districts, namely, North, Central, South and New
Delhi were constituted. The Delhi Police Commission also
recommended the introduction of Police Commissioner System which
was eventually adopted from July 1,1978. View more here: