Prior to the formation of Wayanad District , the major part of Mananthavady Sub Division was in Thalassery Sub Division in Kannur District. Mananthavady Circle was opened on 01.05.1956 as per G.O.(MS)473/Home/(A) Dated 22.04.1958. Kalpetta Sub Division was formed on 31.10.1971 as per G.O.(MS) 1539/71/Home dated 28.10.1971. The Sub Division consisted of Vythiri, Sulthan Bathery and Thamarassery Circles with 9 Police Stations and 2 Out posts. The Office of the Sub Divisional Police Office was functioning at Kalpetta up to 12.12.1980. After the formation of Wayanad district, the Office was shifted to Mananthavady on 12.12.1980 to the Govt. building near District Hospital,
As per G.O.(MS)1235/80/RD dated 26.09.1980 and G.O.92/81/J dated 16.07.1981, the jurisdiction of DySP, Mananthavady comprised Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery Circle. As per the G.O., the 3rd Circle namely Vythiri was under DySP Administration. But, from 01.11.1980 to 27.04.1987 the charge of Vythiri and Kalpetta Circles, which were opened on 02.06.1986 was in the charge of DySP, Mananthavady since the post of DySP Administration was vacant.
As per G.O.(MS)27/94-Home dated 24.02.1994, the post of SHOs in Taluk Headquarter Police Stations were upgraded to the rank of Circle Inspectors. Accordingly, CIs Mananthavady and S.Bathery were SHOs of their Stations respectively and 3 new Circles were opened in the Sub Division namely 1) Pulpally Circle with Pulpally and Kenichira Police Stations, 2) Vellamunda Circle with Vellamunda, Thirunelly and Thalapuzha Police Stations and 3) Meenangadi Circle with Kambalakkad, Meenangadi and Ambalavayal Police Stations. As per G.O.(MS) 138/94-Home dated 16.08.94, the Circles in the Sub Division were re-organized as given below. 1. Mananthavady Circle with Mananthavady, Thirunelly, Thalapuzha and Vellamunda Police Stations. 2. Sulthan Bathery Circle with Sulthan Bathery and Ambalavayal Police Stations and 3. Pulpally Circle with Pulpally and Kenichira Police Stations. Meenangadi Circle became the part of Kalpetta Sub Division as per the above Government Order. As per Order No.S1-68849/02 dated 27.02.2003 (DO No.159/03-W dated 29.03.03) Traffic Units, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery started on 01.04.2003. Now the Sub Divisional Police office is functioning in newly constructed govt. building near Mananthavady PS since 18.08.2014.