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What is the full form of IG?

IG: Inspector General of Police

IG stands for Inspector General of Police. He or she is a senior police officer in the Indian police. This designation refers to the head of a large regional command of the police service. An IPS officer who has completed 19 years of service can be promoted to become an IG.

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IG is responsible for the entire administrative management of the police force and has the command over the national police service and may perform functions as per the national legislation. He exercises his powers such as regarding appointments, postings, promotions and suspension in accordance with the instructions and rules notified by the Govt. Besides this, as per the police act, 1861, the IG of police has the full power of a Magistrate throughout the general police-district, however, this power may vary as per the limitation imposed by the state govt.

To become the IG, you have to start from IPS and to become an IPS officer you have to clear the UPSC exam first. Thereafter, based on your experience and performance in your job, you can be promoted as IG within 10-14 years. The IG is appointed for a single four-year term and cannot be appointed again.

Functions or duties of an IG:

  • IG of a zone serves as a link between the Director-General of Police and the District office.
  • He ensures co-operation between the police of various ranges or districts under his jurisdiction.
  • He may control, advice or give instructions to DIGs and SP of his range to be aware and not to supersede one another in their assigned functions.
  • He can overtake Range DIG and SP during an emergency and can take full control of the situation.
  • He pays attention to the training of Armed Reserves so that a high level of efficiency and discipline can be maintained in the police forces. He is also responsible for maintaining disciplines among officers of all designations.
  • He instructs officers under his post related to man-management and modesty in their conduct and behavior while performing their duties.
  • He is authorized to have information of all serious cases related to misconduct of officers that are posted in his range.
  • He can guide and direct his range DIGs and Superintendents of Police in serious matters and can make personal enquiries in serious cases.
  • He shares copies of his tour programs with DGP, SP under him.

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