Saint Helena Police Service
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|Saint Helena Police Service|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Police area of Saint Helena, Ascension Island, and Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territories|
|Map of Saint Helena Police Service's jurisdiction.|
|* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Saint Helena Police Service is the local police force for the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, consisting of the islands of Saint Helena, Ascension and the island group of Tristan da Cunha.
Staffing and resources
The service has a staff of 63 on the most populous island of St Helena, with a detachment of 6 on Ascension Island. Policing in Tristan da Cunha is undertaken by one full-time police officer and three special constables.
Saint Helena has a main police station/prison in the capital Jamestown and four small police posts in rural areas, while there is a single police station and prison on Ascension in the capital Georgetown.
In addition to its policing duties, the department also has responsibility for the Prison, located on St Helena, immigration, fire and rescue services, and sea rescue.
Established in 1826 and due for replacement in 2014 HMP Jamestown provides accommodation for convicted and remanded prisoners and also provides a Police custody facility for arrested persons.
Located in the centre of Jamestown adjacent to the Police headquarters at Ogborne House HMP Jamestown is also home to the Offender Management Service. The service, incepted in 2011, delivers pre sentence reports to the courts, community sentencing and probation. In addition the service is responsible for supervising those serving Parole or life license.
Due to the remote nature of Saint Helena its prison must be capable of managing all categories of prisoner locally, at least for short periods following arrest or conviction.
- Staffing levels reported on the Government website
- World Police Encyclopedia, ed. by Dilip K. Das & Michael Palmiotto published by Taylor & Francis, 2004.
- World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems, second edition, Gale, 2006.
- Sullivan, Larry E. Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2005.
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