Rapid Action Force (RAF)

  • RAF is a specially trained and equipped wing of Central Reserve Police Force, the country’s largest paramilitary force or Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) with over 3 lakh personnel.
  • It was formed in 1992 to deal to deal with riots, riot like situations, crowd control, rescue and relief operations and related unrest.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • Its motto is “Serving Humanity with Sensitive Policing”
  • RAF battalions are based in various parts of the country in order to cut down response time and rush the teams in shortest possible time to counter an incident.
  • The 10 old RAF battalions are based in Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Aligarh, Delhi, Coimbatore, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Meerut.
  • Single RAF battalion has strength of just over 1,000 personnel and it is equipped with gadgets and non-lethal weapons like, tear smoke grenade launchers, pump action guns and others to enforce security and law and order in case of protests or riot-like situations.