The police force has witnessed significant modernisation after the November 26, 2008, terror attacks. The force now boasts of firepower and electronic aids that are the envy of many forces across the world.
It has raised elite commando teams that are well trained and armed well.
The battle-ready Force One with 300 commandos, which are being trained by the National Security Guards (NSG), the five Quick Response Teams (QRTs) and 39 combat teams have added to the force's attack capability.
The police force is working hard to shed its image of the pot-bellied, paan-chewing man in khaki.
"We have procured equipment such as speed boats, bullet-proof vehicles and modern weapons," said Director-General of Police D Sivanandhan. The state government, he said, has given the force's modernisation top priority. The funds required are being cleared in quick time.
When asked if the formalities for sanction of purchases worth over Rs 25 lakh were done away with, Sivanadhan refused to comment. "The government is clearing our proposals, and that is what's important," he said, adding that much more was on the anvil. "I cannot give details, but money is not a factor in acquisitions."