10 Photos That Capture the Hardworking Mumbai Police in Action


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It is because of the valour and hard work of the Mumbai police that the 1.4 crore people in the city can sleep in peace. Mumbai photographer Pravin Talan beautifully captures the essence of Mumbai through its police force, as a pictorial tribute to the heroes who keep us safe day and night.

“I feel very inspired by our men-in-uniform and have traveled far and wide to various borders to photograph them,” says Talan, who released a calendar called ‘Tribute to Mumbai Police’ this year. “Policing is a job that’s largely unseen. In spite of having the hardest possible work, a few isolated incidents where they are not able to deliver, are picked up and the image of entire police force tarnished. This isn’t fair.”

He approached Joint Commissioner (L&O) Deven Bharti for the necessary permissions, and was met with support and encouragement. “After clearing with Ahmad Javed (then commissioner of police), he ensured I had all possible support and made this shoot a possibility. I feel overwhelmed by the respect and honor given by the entire Mumbai Police Force,” he adds.

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The Mumbai police with its speedboats constantly guard the coastal line, where threats through the sea route, are always a real possibility.

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Policeman looking over boats along the coast.

The first police outpost was established in 1661, according to Talan. Today, the force has about 50,000 dedicated policemen, who have a jurisdictional area of around 603 square kilometres.

“With a population of nearly 1.4 crore, it is a tedious task for one policeman to be responsible for the safety and security of over 250 people,” he says.

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Detection dogs and sniffer dogs are trained to track criminals and detect substances such as explosives and narcotics contributing to the safety and well being of the Mumbaikars.

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New police vehicles have also been launched recently with special focus on women safety around the city. At least two women constables are present in each vehicle at all times.

Talan created a photo bank of nearly 1000 images. He explains, “To showcase the glory and efforts of Mumbai Police, I decided to shoot them in context of the city and subtly bring out the grandeur of Mumbai as well. Creating that balance was a huge exercise and it took me many weeks, but in the end it was all worth it.”

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To make the beaches and promenades more secure and the response time quicker, eco-friendly cycle patrols have been introduced that tirelessly scan the entire area.

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Quick Response Team or popularly known as QRT has highly trained, motivated, and fully equipped commandos with advanced weapons to tackle terrorist attacks and handle hostage situations.

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Armed with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) suit or a blast suit, these heroes put themselves directly in the face of a death threat.

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A QRT commando rappelling down a high rise building with automatic weapon.

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The Mumbai City Police Brass Band, which came into existence in 1936, is easily the most colorful unit of the force.

For Talan, the Mumbai police play an important and challenging role every day. Asked why he did this series, he said, “I did this more importantly to make proud those 50,000 families whose sons, daughters or husbands, work tirelessly in the force ensuring the safety and security of every Mumbaikar.”

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Mumbai Police can never be caught off guard. There is never a moment now when trained commandos are not alert and armed with automatic weapons to secure its iconic structures and civilians alike.

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