The Special Task Force (STF), Assam was conceived to be an elite force of Assam Police with professional acumen in respect of precision operation, fitness, quality investigation, orientation and expertise on technical gadgets to perform exceptionally dangerous, high risk, counter terrorism operations that fall outside of the abilities of the District Police.
In addition to the above, the mandate of the STF is to conduct investigation of extremist/ terrorist related cases of complicated nature and far reaching consequences which also includes investigation of special organized crimes. Focus on the organized crime in addition to terrorist organizations has been an objective of the STF as the terrorist organizations are increasingly developing links with organized crime cartels.
The STF is headed by a senior police officer of the rank of Inspector General of Police assisted by one Addl. SP. The STF comprises of the Ops Cell, Investigation Cell, Tech Cell, Surveillance Cell, the Logistic Cell and the STF Police Station.
The STF Police Station was notified on 4th October, 2008 vide Notification No. HMA.1087/2007/37, with Headquarters at the Office of the IGP (STF), functioning under the control of the Director General of Police at Guwahati, with jurisdiction throughout the State of Assam, for the purposes of enquiry and investigation of offences relating to:
The Tech Cell with data mining capabilities is its special feature. The Tech Cell is the main intelligence and analysis cell for predicting trends and the nodal wing for secret documentation and for all things technical. A highly specialized Interrogation Unit and a highly sophisticated Cyber Lab are also additional components coming up for the STF.
The Special Task Force, Assam came into existence in July 2008 as per sanction conveyed vide Govt. No. HMA 1087/2007/30 Dated 7th July, 2008. Its office is located at Panbazar, Guwahati.