The State has been more than proactive and seized this opportunity provided by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and has fully put in place the Special Tiger Protection Force. The State vide its order No. FEE 387 FFS 2009, Bangalore Dated 10-05-2010 & letter No. FEE 382 FFS 2010, Dated 24/25-06-2011 have sanctioned 112 posts under Option – II comprising of Assistant Conservator of Forests, Range Forest Officers, Deputy Range Forest Officers, Forest Guards & Forest Watchers. All the recruited personnel of this elite Force have undergone the induction Forestry training and in addition about 54 personnel have also undergone the 13 weeks Training Module at the Armed Police Training School, Yelahanka as prescribed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi. Further, as mandated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the provisions made under the Cadre & Recruitment Rules, all the 27 Forest Watchers have been recruited from the Scheduled tribe community dwelling in and around the Tiger Reserve.
The structure of this elite force is as follows – A company headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests, reporting directly to the Field Director of the Tiger Reserve is headquartered at Hand Post of H.D. Kote Taluk which is strategically located between the two Tiger Reserves of Bandipur and Nagarahole. The three platoons of the company each headed by a Range Forest officer are deployed at Melukamanahalli (Bandipur Tiger Reserve),