In the year 2008, it was felt that certain groups of Scheduled Tribes (STs) are not adequately represented in the Police Forces. It was also felt that they are under represented despite reservation for the Schedule Tribe Category in the State Police which was on account of general deprivation of certain ST groups as they could not meet the educational qualifications prescribed for Schedule Tribe candidates.
Keeping this in mind, the State Government have sanctioned altogether 5600 posts of Special Police Officers (SPOs) in two phases vide Home Department letter No.44616/D&A dtd.27.09.2008 and letter No.51648/D&A dtd.18.11.2009 for recruitment of Tribal Youth in 19 Police Districts.
Accordingly, Government have created Odisha Auxiliary Police Force for absorption of SPOs (Tribal Youth) who have completed three years of contractual engagement satisfactorily vide Home Department Resolution No. 40725/D&A dtd.16.10.2012. They will be designated as constables (OAPF). Accordingly, 1535 eligible SPOs were selected for appointment as constables of (OAPF) from five districts such as Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput Malkangiri and Rayagada. From among the above districts, 700 SPOs were sponsored to Police Commissionerate for appointment as Constables in OAPF.
Out of 1535, presently.1521 OAPF (830 in five districts+691 in Commissionerate) have been appointed as Constables (OAPF) w.e.f. 21.01.2013.
It is decided that Uniform of OAPF Constables will be similar to APR
Constables of Civil Police. They will wear shoulder badge written as OAPF.
The OAPFs have undergone the Basic Course of Training of SPOs (Tribal Youth) for a period of 90 working days. But all of them have not completed advance course of training of 60 working days.
Considering the nature of duty and responsibilities, it has been decided to depute the OAPFs to undergo six months Basic Training Course for Recruit Constables of Civil Police in the following designated training centres.
|Sl No||Name of training Centres||Number of trainees deputed|
|2.||UP & TTI, BBSR||500|
The SPOs (Tribal Youth) appointed in the 2nd phase during the year-2010 in 19 districts on contractual basis are going to complete 3 years of contractual service during the months of March to October 2013 in phased manner. It has been decided to absorb the SPOs (Tribal Youth) in the regular posts of constables (OAPF) soon after completion of their three years contractual services. In order to avoid delay the process for their absorption has been started.