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RPF SI Roles and Responsibilities

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RPF SI Roles and Responsibilities

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The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a security force of India entrusted with protecting railway passengers, passenger area and railway property of the Indian Railways. This is the only central armed police force (CAPF) which has the power to arrest, investigate and prosecute criminals. Following are the RPF SI Roles and Responsibilities.


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According to reports a person detailed for RPF Sub Inspector (SI) is taking control various responsibilities with command on number of constables comes under him.

RPF SI Roles and Responsibilities:

The RPF has a jurisdiction that covers all railway areas wherever Railway property exists.

1. The primary functions of enrolled members (RPF Sub Inspectors) of the Force shall be :-

    (a) to protect and safeguard railway property and to combat crime against it ;

    (b) to do any other act conducive to better protection and security of railway property;

    (c) to remove any obstruction in the movement of railway property ; and

    (d) to perform other functions of an armed force of the Union and to exercise powers of a railway servant as conferred by or under the Indian Railway Act, 1890.


2. The other functions of RPF SI shall be :

  • to identify the situations that have potentials for the commission of crime against the railway property either static or in transit or mobile and take remedial measures or suggest improvement in basic security arrangements of faulty procedures where necessary, to the railway administration

  • to reduce the opportunities of thefts, pilferages, misappropriation, trades, etc., against railway property and leakage of railway revenue through surprise preventive checks or other appropriate measures like detailing of patrols in vulnerable sectors, posting of guards and pickets at black spots, escorting of affected trains, keeping open or unobtrusive watch at workshops, stores, goods-sheds, depots, parcel offices, yards and other such places and at any station or enroute the destination of railway property

  • to aid, co-operate and co-ordinate the measures of other railway agencies or the Police or other authorities in implementing other appropriate measures for ensuring prevention of crime against the railway property and providing for its better security

  • to interpose at any time or place for preventing any attempt to steal, misuse, damage or temper with the railway property or to convert it into private use without lawful authority and to initiate action against offenders

  • to register and take up enquiries under Railway Property(Unlawful Possession) Act, 1966, apprehend the offenders and participate in subsequent legal proceedings connected therewith

  • to register or to promptly pass on reports for registration to the local Police of all cognizable offences against the railway property, conduct enquiries and collect evidence for localizing the crime or which is otherwise considered necessary and render such other assistance as may be possible in investigation of such cases

  • to obtain intelligence relating to the commission of or intention to commit any offence specified in clauses (i), (ii), (iii), (iv), (v), (vi), (vii), (viii), (ix) of subsection (1)of Section 39 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 on the railways and to lay such information and to take such other steps consistent with law and with the orders of his superiors as shall be best calculated to bring offenders to justice and to prevent the commission of cognizable and, within his view, of non-cognizable offences

  • to collect intelligence about subversive and other objectionable activities affecting the security and functioning of the railways as well as about the activities of criminals and suspects prying on railway property

  • to study all cases of suspected sabotage or tampering with track or obstruction on the movement of railway property with a view to suggesting preventive measures to railway administration and the Police

  • subject to Rule 42, to assist the railway administration during strikes and lockouts as well as the Police during mob violence or civil disturbances or for maintenance of law and order and control of railway crime or when deputed anywhere in India in aid to civil power

  • to assist the commercial and other departments of the railway during raids on ticketless travelers, alarm chain pullers, unauthorized hawkers and on those indulging in hose pipe disconnections or infringing other provisions of the Indian[ Railway Act,1890]

  • to aid any other member of the Force when called upon by such other member or in the case of need in the discharge of the duty of such other member, in such ways as would be lawful and reasonable on the part of the member thus aided

  • to use his best endeavors to prevent any loss or damage by fire to railway property

  • to record and study all cases of fire incidents involving railway property and suggest preventive measures and to operate and maintain firefighting equipment at railway stations, installations, etc.

  • to guard cash offices of railway and escort their pay clerks

  • to take prompt measures to procure necessary medical help for any wounded or sick person under arrest or in custody

  • to arrange for the proper sustenance and shelter to every person who is under arrest or in custody

  • to undertake any other security duty assigned to the Force by or with the concurrence of railway administration for the execution of which necessary resources have been provided and approval of the Director General or the Chief Security Commissioner, as the case may be, obtained, and

  • to promptly obey and execute all orders lawfully issued to him by any superior officer of the Force and to discharge such other duties as are imposed upon him by any law for the time being in force or cast on him by any railway rule .