Saint Helena Police Service

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Saint Helena Police Service
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Police area of Saint Helena, Ascension Island, and Tristan da Cunha, British Overseas Territories
Map of Saint Helena Police Service's jurisdiction.
Size 420 km²
Population 5,661
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Jamestown
Sworn members 30
Stations 2
* 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[edit]

The service has a staff of 63 on the most populous island of St Helena ,[1] with a detachment of 6 on Ascension Island. Policing in Tristan da Cunha is undertaken by one full-time police Inspector and three special constables. The current Tristan police Inspector is Conrad Glass.[2]

Saint Helena has a main police station/prison (the prison is the smallest in the world) in the capital Jamestown with a police post in the Longwood area of the island, while there is a single police station with UK standard cells 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.

HMP Jamestown[edit]

Established in 1826 and due for replacement in 2015 relocating to the Half Tree Hollow area 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staffing levels reported on the Government website
  2. ^ Crossan, Rob (13 January 2010). "The world's loneliest police beat". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 


  1. World Police Encyclopedia, ed. by Dilip K. Das & Michael Palmiotto published by Taylor & Francis, 2004.
  2. World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems, second edition, Gale, 2006.
  3. Sullivan, Larry E. Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2005.

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