Kanpur division consists of Six districts namely- Kanpur Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, Etawah, Auriya, Kannaoj, Farukhabad, and is headed by the Divisional Commissioner of Kanpur. The Commissioner is the head of local government institutions in the division; is in charge of infrastructure development in his division; and is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the division.
Kanpur Nagar district administration is headed by the District Magistrate of Kanpur Nagar. The DM is assisted by a Chief Development Officer (CDO), Four Additional District Magistrates (ADM) (Finance/Revenue, City, Land Acquisition, Civil Supply), one City Magistrate (CM), and Seven Additional City Magistrates (ACM).
The district is divided into 4 sub-divisions and 10 development blocks. Each sub-division headed by a Sub Divisional magistrate.
Kanpur Nagar district comes under the Kanpur Police Zone and Kanpur Police Range. Kanpur Zone is headed by an Additional Director General(ADG), and the Kanpur Range is headed by Inspector General(IG).