Kuwait Police

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Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior
شرطة (Police)
Common name Kuwaiti Police
Kuwait police logo.jpg
Logo of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior.
Agency overview
Formed 1938; 76 years ago (1938)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Governing body Ministry of Interior (Kuwait)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Kuwait City
Stations 46
Official website

The Kuwait Police or Kuwaiti Police (Arabic: شرطة الكويت) comes under the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait, which maintains the security envelope and the rule of law and the state in Kuwait . Kuwaiti Police Agency was established in 1938, and since then, taking the development to include a number of different departments.


Internal security in Kuwait (Arabic: origin word -" Al-Kout"‎- meaning Fortress near the water) commenced in 1938 when the Directorate of Public and Security Force was founded by His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and headed initially by Sheikh Ali Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah until 1942.Prior to 1938, internal security of "Al-Kout" fortress was dependent on the Defense Security Forces which where headed by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah [1][2][3] who was the battle Commander of Defense and Security Forces and appointed by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.[4]

In 1942, Field Marshal Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah II Al-Sabah, then deputy, became the Director General of the Kuwait Public Security Force, which included already the Kuwaiti Army.[5] In 1953, the Kuwaiti Army split from the Kuwait Public Security Force, allowing the reorganization and forming the Kuwaiti Police and the early official establishment of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior with the enacting of the first cabinet of ministers in the Government of Kuwait on January 17, 1962.[6]

Following the independence of Kuwait, the Kuwaiti Police department became affiliated to the newly formed Ministry of Interior in 1962. The college in charge of training Kuwaiti Police members is the Academy of Saad Al-Abdullah for Security Sciences,[7] established in 1969 and named after the 14th ruler and 4th Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah.

Unlike most countries that have different ranks amongst the police and armed forces, in Kuwait, all military ranks including those of the Kuwaiti Police follow the same rank insignia and chevron with no separation amongst the various forces.[8] The Kuwaiti Police are part of the Military of Kuwait and their rank insignia are that of military ranks and are based on the British Army rank insignia; all under alike, in defense of the Crown and His Highness, the Emir of Kuwait.[9]

In 2001, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved the draft of women police; consequently, the first batch of women police were incorporated in Saad Al-Abdullah Academy in 2007.

Following the independence of Kuwait in 1961, the Kuwaiti Minister of Interior is designated by government protocol as Deputy prime minister. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior is also in charge of protecting the sea coast line and borders of Kuwait. The Minister is the head figure of all the different departments. Each department is headed by a military commander who is designated by protocol as assistant minister undersecretary for that department. Departments range from police traffic, border security, coastal security, criminal, drug trafficking, special Forces (Airborne Teams), S.W.A.T (Special Weapons and Tactics Teams) and many others.

From inception, the director of the Kuwaiti Public Security Force (today's Ministry of Interior) was always part of the military due to the incorporation of the Kuwaiti Army part of the Kuwait Public Security Force under the guidance of Field Marshal Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah II Al-Sabah (1942–1961). Following 1961 and depending on the geopolitical environment; Kuwaiti Ministers of Interior have been seconded from the Military of Kuwait as well due to the close historical operation cooperation with other constituents of the Kuwaiti Defense Forces. For instance, Kuwait's 4th Chief of General Staff (1992–1993) of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces; Lt.Gen.(ret.) Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah held the post of Minister of Interior from October 28, 2007 to February 6, 2011.[10]

As of 2013, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior is headed by Sheikh Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah (4 August 2013 – present)[11]


Kuwaiti Police, Major non-NATO Ally of the United States and Global War on Terrorism (2004-present)[edit]

Recently, and with the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism (2001- present); the Kuwaiti Police plays a monumental role preserving and maintaining Law & Order while preventing major internal and external terrorist attacks and crises attempting to launch instability in the country.[12] These internal and foreign crises are the result of the difference between proud naturalized known Kuwaiti Bedouin tribes (also being members of the Tribes of Arabia) sticking to their origins respectfully and serving the Government of Kuwait admirably while other Bidoon (stateless) tribes are claiming a state of statelessness in their respective country of housing.[13]

Stateless Bedouin tribes also not from Kuwait attempt to infiltrate the country from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia; mainly via land and sea. Stateless Bedouin tribes infiltrating the country from across the region link up with parenting local tribes claiming statelessness in the host country in order to attempt to compromise the security of the targeted country.[14]

Such internal differences is witnessed across the Arab world and in countries bordering applicable tribal effects. In Kuwait, such a paradox, is seen rioting unjustifiably challenging the legitimacy of the Military of Kuwait; specially, rioting against military of the Kuwaiti Police; the Government of Kuwait and its leadership while claiming the enacting of inapplicable democracy when only Bedouin tribal chiefdom would govern; even with an educated, and sophisticated youth.[15]

Stateless Bedouin tribal geopolitical turmoil has surfaced in the region and in Kuwait; declared one of fifteen major non-NATO allies of the United States by US President George W Bush of the United States following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.[16][17]


  1. ^ [1], Official Documented Biography & Accomplishments of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (b.1898-d.1996)( featured at "UNESCO Award Ceremony")
  2. ^ [2] Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
  3. ^ [3],His Highness the Emir sponsors Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah UNESCO ceremony
  4. ^ Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense, (Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  5. ^ [4], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  6. ^ [5], Nine Ministers held the Ministry of Interior since Kuwait's independence. KUNA. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  7. ^ [6] Kuwait's Emir sponsors, attends graduation ceremony of officers
  8. ^ [7], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  9. ^ [8], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense (Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  10. ^ [9], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  11. ^ "Kuwait Names New Oil and Finance Ministers, 7 Ruling Family Members". Naharnet. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  12. ^ [10], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  13. ^ [11], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  14. ^ [12], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  15. ^ [13], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  16. ^ [14], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  17. ^ Pike, John. "U.S. Designates Kuwait a Major Non-NATO Ally of U.S". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 28 June 2010.