Law enforcement in Kiribati
The only State disciplined forces in Kiribati are a unified national police force, with prison and quarantine powers, and the coast guard. Defense assistance is provided by Australia and New Zealand. The police force does not report to any ministers but rather directly to the President of Kiribati.
The Kiribati Police Service is an independent body with one police officer for every 222 people (total staff over 500 with strength approximately 458 sworn members). Ioeru Tokantetaake is the current Commissioner of Police (since 2004), and also presides over prisons in Kiribati. The Kiribati Police Service carry scarce weapons.
- Commanding Officer
There are police stations on every inhabited island in Kiribati. Key police posts include:
- Beito - also as headquarters for the police force
The police operate the RKS Teanoai (301), a Pacific class patrol boat provided to Kiribati by Australia as part of the Pacific Patrol Boat Program.
KPS is responsible for managing the prisons in Kiribati. There are 4 prisons in Kiribati with 3 for men and 1 for women. As of 2013, there are 141 persons detained in the system. Prison staff are members of the Kiribati Police Service.
Fire and rescue services are the responsibility of the KPS.
Guard of Honour
Select members of the KPS are selected to protect the President and other dignitaries.
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