1.Title and extent . —(1) This Act may be called “The Police Act 1888”
(2) It extends to the whole of India.
- Constitution of police force for special purpose . —(1) Notwithstanding anything in Act XXIV of 1859 (an Act for the better regulation of the police within the territories subject to the Presidency of Fort St. George) Act V of 1861 (an Act for the regulation of Police), “or the corresponding law for the time being in force in the territories administered by the Governor of Bombay in Coucil)”or any Act relating to the Police in any presidency town, the Central Government may, by notification in the Gazette create a general police district embracing parts of two or more States, and extend to every part of the said district the powers and jurisdiction of members of a police force belonging to a state specified in the notification.
(2) Subject to any orders which the Central Government may make in this behalf, members, of the said police force shall have, within every part of any State of which any part is included in the said district, the powers, duties, privileges and liabilities which, as police officers, they have in their own State.
(3) Any members of the said police force whom the Central Government shall generally or specially empower to act under this sub-section, may subject to any order which the Central Government may make in this behalf, exercise within any State any part of which is included in the said district any of the powers of the officer in charge of a police station in that State, and when so exercising any such powers, shall, subject to any such order as aforesaid, be deemed to be an officer-in-charge of a police-station discharging the functions of such an officer within the limits of his station.
(4) A part of a State included in the said district shall not by reason of that inclusion cease, for the purposes of any enactment relating to police, to be part of the State.
- Employment of police officer beyond the State to which they belong. —Not- withstanding anything in any of the Acts mentioned or referred to in the last foregoing section, but subject to any orders which the Central Government may make in this behalf, a member of the police force of any State may discharge the functions of a police officer in any part of any other State and shall, while so discharging such function, be deemed to be a member of the police officer of that part, and be vested with the powers, functions and privileges, and be subject to the liabilities of a police officer belonging to that police force.
- Consent to State Government to exercise powers and jurisdiction . —Not- withstanding in this Act shall be deemed to enable the police of one State to exercise powers and jurisdiction in any area within another State, not being a Railway area, without the consent of the Government of that State.