Sovereign Base Areas Police

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sovereign Base Areas Police
Common name Sovereign Base Areas Police
Agency overview
Formed 15 August, 1960
Employees 251
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
SBA
SovereignBaseAreasPolice.PNG
Map of the Sovereign Base Areas Police's jurisdiction.
Size 250 km²
Population 14,000
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction.
Governing body Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Sovereign Base Areas Police HQ, British Forces Episkopi
Military appointment responsible Mjr Gen Richard Cripwell, Administrator, Sovereign Base Areas
Agency executive Mick Matthews, Chief Constable
Parent agency Ministry of Defence
Facilities
Stations
Prisons Her Majesty's Prison, Dhekelia
Patrol cars Yes
Armed response vehicles Yes
Dogs Yes
Website
Sovereign Base Areas Police

The Sovereign Base Areas Police is the local civilian police force for the British controlled Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus. Established in August 1960, the force has responsibility for all 15,000 residents of the SBAs, including military personnel. However, for any military offences committed by service personnel on military property, authority lies with the Cyprus Joint Police Unit, which is a military unit made up of members of the Royal Military Police and Royal Air Force Police.

The SBA Police consists of a total of 238 officers and 13 civilian employees. There are four British senior officers, with the remainder recruited from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. In addition to its regular policing duties, the SBA Police has responsibility for the operation of Dhekelia Prison.

Although the SBA Police is administered by the Ministry of Defence, it is a separate force from the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP).

See also[edit]

External links[edit]