The Rapid Action Force is a specialised part of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to deal with riot and crowd control situations.


RAF was formed on 11 December 1991, with its head office in New Delhi. It came into operation on 7 October 1992, to deal with riots taking place, controlling the crowd, rescue and relief operation and related unrest. On 9 November 2013, the Rapid Action Force academy of public order was established in Meerut.


RAF is headed by an inspector general of police (IGP)functioning at New Delhi. The RAF is divided into two parts headed by DIGP at New Delhi and Mumbai. Uniform of RAF is a distinctive uniform with a blue coloured Camouflage pattern that symbolises peace. Its purpose is to"serve humanity with sensitive policing".

It as of now has 15 specific prepared and prepared units, which are numbered 99 to 108 in the CRPF. Every force is going by an official of the position of Commandant. The regiments are situated at New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Bhopal, Aligarh, Meerut, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur,Coimbatore and Allahabad. The group is the smallest free useful unit of the power and is directed by a controller. Each group has three segments, precisely revolt control, tear a few and fire. Each organisation of RAF has one group made out of ladies workforce to manage ladies demonstrators. The power is outfitted with non-deadly weapons for scattering the group with the least mischief and misfortunes. It is kept continuously in preparation for fasts ending when the circumstance so requests and are just sent by the sets of Ministry of Home Affairs on explicit requests from state governments for a brief span.


Riot and crowd control

This unit has been utilised to manage public viciousness, lawfulness obligation, celebration and political decision obligations and agitation.

Nations Peace Keeping Operations

The CRPF both female and male contingents under the courses of action of RAF are conveyed in United Nations Mission in Liberia(UNMIL), Monrovia and Zwedru in UN Peacekeeping crucial 2007–08. The CRPF Female formed police unit was the first of its sort on the planet, which was convened under the aegis of UN Peace Keeping Mission.

Humanitarian activities

A 2017 stamp devoted to the 25th commemoration of the Rapid Action Force, RAF has additionally prevailed with regards to anticipating the human essence of the Government and fabricated extensions with the general population via doing incite salvage and help tasks during floods, tremors,typhoons and a flare-up of scourges in different pieces of the country.

Anti-terror operations

During November 2008, Mumbai Terror Attacks and Rapid Action force was associated with cordoning the zones around the Oberoi Trident and the Taj Mahal inns. Kamlesh Kumari of 88 Women Battalion provided the Ashok Chakra for courage during the 2001 Indian Parliament attack after the death.