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The India Police Service is a branch of the Ministry of Home Affairs, established in its modern format in 1949.

If I understand the Indian police system correctly, each state has a police force that is staffed (at least at the upper levels) by members of the Indian Police Service, which is an all-India service like the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Forest Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Railroads Service, etc., all of which are components of the Civil Service of India. The IPS is not a force itself but a service providing personnel to staff the state and all-India forces. So a police officer who is a native of Gujarat, serving for the time being with the Punjab Police, and on his next assignment being promoted and sent to Tamil Nadu. The same system applies to administrative, forest, etc., officers, who rotate among state and union assignments.

Joe McMillan, 8 September 2003

A newspaper report from Bristol (UK) reported on 5 September 2003 a visit to the city by Superintendent Mandeep Singh as part of a series of exchanges between police forces. A photo shows acting Assistant Chief Constable of the local Avon & Somerset force handing over what is described as "a commemorative banner" to Supt. Singh. It isn't a flag as it stands, but it looks very much as though it is based on one.

André Coutanche, 8 September 2003

It's hard to count the wavy stripes or to know which color is intended to be the background and which the foreground, but the symbol of Punjab--I think both the Indian and Pakistani portions--is traditionally five wavy lines representing the five rivers after which the state is named (panch- or punj- meaning "five"). I'm not sure one can assume that there is a flag or colour that goes with this banner, although there might be. Presumably the emblem on the banner is the uniform badge of the Punjab Police.

Joe McMillan, 8 September 2003

The flag of the police, as in many states, is red and blue. This flag has gold central emblem and other devices in white (four crossed swords) that don't show in the table pennant of the photo. You can see it at: the five rivers emblem can be see at (12th photo towards below).

Jaume Ollé, 9 September 2003

The Indian Police Service, IPS is a civil service under the All India Services. It replaced the Imperial Police in 1948, a year after India became independent from the British Raj.

Along with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFS), the IPS is one of the All India Services – its officers are employed by both the Union Government and the individual states.

The service commands provides leadership to State police forces and Union territories' police forces, Central Armed Police Forces (BSF, SSB, CRPF, CISF, and ITBP), the National Security Guard (NSG), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), Special Protection Group (SPG), National Investigative Agency (NIA) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
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Esteban Rivera, 12 July 2023

Rank Pennants

Car flags according to rank are found at 

Director General

[Indian Police Service] image by Miles Li, 16 July 2023

Inspector General

[Indian Police Service] image by Miles Li, 16 July 2023

Deputy Inspector General

[Indian Police Service] image by Miles Li, 16 July 2023