Law enforcement in the Northern Mariana Islands
The Department of Public Safety, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is the law enforcement agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which has jurisdiction anywhere in the Commonwealth. It was created to protect the lives and property of Northern Marianas residents.
The Department of Public Safety has two divisions, Police and Fire. Responsibility for corrections were under the jurisdiction of the DPS until administratively separated into its own department in 2005. The Northern Marianas also have Ports Authority Police that patrols all of the airports and seaports in the island chain. Conservation Officers are also armed law enforcement officers in the CNMI.
The Department of Public Safety's Traffic Section is composed of eleven police officers that make up the three teams who watch over the streets of Saipan, the central island of the Northern Mariana Islands. The three teams or units are Daily Enforcement, DUI and Traffic Investigation.
To date, three members of the department have died in the line of duty.
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