The Haryana Armed Police comprises of five battalions, three of which are based at Madhuban near Karnal. Two battalions are based at Ambala and Hisar. The State Armed Police is presently headed by Shri Sheel Madhur, IPS, DGP/HAP (Additional Charge).
On creation of Haryana State, on 1.11.1966, six battalions of Punjab Police were transferred to this state. These included four Government of India Reserve Battalions which were later merged in Border Security Force/Central Reserve Police Force etc. Subsequently, only two battalions were left and they were stationed at Ambala City and Nilokheri on temporary basis. 1st Bn, is still continuing at Ambala City. The Hqrs of HAP was shifted to Madhuban in the year 1968.
Keeping in view the needs of law and order in the state, 3rd Bn, HAP was raised in the year 1969 with its headquarters at Hisar. Thereafter, the 4th Bn, HAP was raised on 14.9.1973 as a technical battalion to maintain essential services like electric supply and road transport during any employee strike. But due to the policy of transfer of HAP personnel to District Police adopted from 1979 onwards, this battalion is now like any other battalion.
The Haryana Armed Police has a strength of GOs/68, Inspectors/79, SIs/231, ASIs/286, HCs/1344, Consts./6402. The State Police Bands are part of the HAP. The Mounted Armed Police which has 90 mounts is a part of 4th Bn. The Haryana Armed Police has excelled in the field of sports and games especially in Wrestling, Volley Ball, Kabaddi and Foot Ball.