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National Police Memorial: National Police Museum New Delhi

The museum is built in the capital of India which is Delhi. It is built to thank the police forces or the armed forces who died after the independence of India in the line of duty. The museum is located in the Chanakyapuri area, in the area of 6.12 acres, and has a black granite which is 30 feet tall, 238 tone which is too heavy.

It is having a wall of valour and a museum. On the wall of valour, the names of the police officer are written which are almost 34,844 in the count. The first museum of India is made underground which is having all the techniques and instruments which are used 2000 years ago. Then prime minister Narender Modi gave this museum a new look and inaugurate it on 21st October 2018. National police Memorial Day is celebrated as police commemoration day.


The national police museum is having the names of the police officers or the armed forces who have lost their life’s in making India from any crime or terrorist attack in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, Nagaland, and many more. The museum is having the names of police officers who have died to protect law and order in India.

The plan of making the museum was firstly proposed in 1984 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister. The stone was only laid at that time by the home minister. The stone was only 150 feet and made up of steel. In the year 2008, it was dismantled because it was violating the norms of the environment.

Structure and layout of the Museum

National police Memorial

National police Memorial

The stone which is situated in the middle is 30 ft in height and is weighing 238 tons. The stone’s weight and color tell the sacrifice done by the police officers or the armed forces. The river is passing out from the bottom of the stone which is showing the self-service provided by the police officers to the citizens during their duty. The sculpture is designed by the famous artist named Advaita Gadanayak.

Wall of valour

Wall of valour

on the wall of valour, the police officers and armed force’s names are written who have died in 1947 to the present day. It is also having the names of the military members who have died in the year 2018. The total count was 424 who died in 2018. This wall was designed by one of the artists was Uday Bhat.

National Police Museum

National Police Museum

The police museum is situated underground. It is also having galleries which are over 1600 square meters. The different sections are made in the police officers according to their work. There are different sections for women squads and animal squads. The sections for the stories are made which is showing different attacks which they have made to protect the country within these years like the operation vajra Shakti in 2002, operation puttur in 2003 and many more.

  • The long journey

The idea was only discussed by the top police leadership and it was passed from the director in the form of a letter to the home secretary in the year 1994. The idea was supported by the government officials but it still took 25 years for the best result. The journey from the idea of discussing to the building of the full structure is full of challenges.

  • The idea

There are many police martyrs in various places like Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal but they are giving gratitude to the small number of persons. There was a keen desire to make the martyrs in Delhi so that people should gain knowledge about how many police officers and armed forces have been died on their duty to protect India. This is also showing the unity of the officers as they are from different areas and follow different traditions. Police officers are organizing the parades in different areas and different districts and even near the headquarters to salute the police officers or the armed forces. The names of the police officers are written on the wall of valour.

  • Search for a location

When the letter was passed by the home secretary, they offered five locations for building the national police memorial in New Delhi. But they suggested building the memorial at the Motilal Nehru area because of the beautiful scenes and greenery. When the forest and environment department was not having the problem related to greenery and trees.

Then the forest and environmental department send this request to the ministry of urban development for permission. But they refused the proposal and said not to build the national police memorial museum in this area. Then the urban department allotted the land in the Chanakyapuri for building the memorial. The land was about 6.12 acres on the circular road and the 1.42 acres adjoining the round area for making the memorial.

  • Initial construction

The sculpture which is in the middle is having 4 pillars on the sides and has the 7m diameter globe on the top. The sculpture is 30 meters in height but it is raised to the height of 47.2 meters.

The national police museum is built in a beautiful area of Delhi. The memorial in the area is made to say thanks to the police officials who died on their duty to protect India from terrorists or maintain laws and rules in India. The memorial was black. It is made from granite stone. The names of the police officers and the armed forces are written on the wall which is giving the civilians information that many police officers have died to protect India.

The different stories related to the attacks are shown in the museum. How they have planned and what they have done executed them out. The officials have faced many problems while building the memorial in Delhi. The national police memorial, in reality, is too much heavy and it is not easy to transport the stone from one place to other. So they have done some procedures to transport the stone.

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