Special Branch Criminal Intelligence Department (SBCID)

0471- 2447667 spint.pol@kerala.gov.in

The Special Branch CID, headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police and assisted by an IGP and two DIGs, has two divisions, namely, Intelligence and Security. The functioning of the Intelligence division is classified. The Security division is responsible for the protection of VIPs and other protected persons. It monitors and coordinates the security arrangements with the district police units in Kerala when VIPs visit this state. It does the same thing with the police forces of other states when VIPs/protected persons from this state visit other states.

The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) comes under the Security Division. They have got five teams in the state and they are always ready to move at short notice.

The personnel of the Security Division and the BDDS have been especially trained in executive protection, anti-sabotage checking, and explosive detection and disposal with the elite special force National Security Guards, Government of India and the Tamil Nadu Commando School.

They are equipped with the latest explosive detectors, mine detectors, portable X-ray units, Non-linear Junction Detectors, parcel scanners, letter bomb detectors, explosive ordnance disposal suit, and other security devices. The Special Branch CID, headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police and assisted by an IGP and two DIGs, has two divisions, namely Intelligence and Homeland Security.

  • The intelligence wing of Kerala Police deals with terrorism and anti-national activities.
  • The Homeland Security division is responsible for making security arrangement at strategic locations like Airports, Ports, border check-posts etc. Inspectors from HSGs are drawn by Bureau of Immigration for as passport control offices at airports and seaports. The main role of this force is providing private protection to VIPs and other protected persons. Homeland Security Guards (HSG) monitors and coordinates as security protocol in-charge, for the security arrangements with the district police units in Kerala when VIPs visit this state. It does the same thing with the police forces of other states when VIPs/protected persons from Kerala visit other states. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) comes under the Security Division. They have got five teams in the state and they are always ready to move at short notice. The major functions and duties of the Special Branch are related to collection of intelligence, including from places of strategic importance and monitoring the V.I.P movements. This unit is headed by an Additional Director General of Police and assisted by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence), Inspector General of Police (Internal Security) and Inspector General of Police (Security) . The total strength of this unit is 1207 (including officers and men). The Special Branch has 24 functional Units, including a Bomb Squad and a Shorthand Bureau

The personnel of the Security Division and the BDDS have been specially trained in executive protection, anti-sabotage checking, and explosive detection and disposal. Special Branch and Crime branch officialsdonot wear regular police uniforms and move in plain clothes as part of their duty.