Maldives Police Service

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Maldives Police Service
ދިވެހި ފުލުހުންގެ ޚިދުމަތް
Maldives Police Service - Official Logo.png
Official Logo
MottoTo Protect and Serve.
Agency overview
Formed1 September, 2004
Preceding agency
  • 29 March 1933
Population369,031 (July 2007 est.)
Legal jurisdictionRepublic of Maldives
Constituting instrument
  • The Police Act, 5/2008
General nature
HeadquartersShaheed Hussain Adam Building, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives

Elected officer responsible
  • Sheikh Imran Abdulla, Minister of Home Affairs
Agency executives
Parent agencyMinistry of Home Affairs
Police Stations102 including Police Desks

The Maldives Police Service is the civilian national police force of the Republic of Maldives. It is responsible for enforcing criminal and traffic law, enhancing public safety, maintaining order and keeping the peace throughout Maldives. The organization comes under the control of the Ministry of Home Affairs.


A Police force was established by Law on 29 March 1933, during the kingdom of A-Sultan Muhammad Shamsuddeen III. The service consisted initially of 120 officers, organised into duty shifts. Officers were issued with uniforms of Maldivian Traditional Dress of Mundu and Libaas plus black cap, belt and straps on duty. They were equipped with batons and issued whistles for communication. Their duty was to patrol the market area and the island. In other words, establishing peace amongst the citizens and protecting the people and their belongings. The law that established police on 29 March 1933 by Sultan Mohamed Shamsudhdheen, has never been cancelled by any of the historical writings seen so far. It is known that Police and Military were separate organizations when they first formed.

The Police worked with the assistance of the Military when needed, the protection and help of military was available as the Law stated . During the earlier days of Police, there was violence between the foreign investors and the Maldivians. The foreigners stopped business with Maldivians and closed their shops which caused the Maldivians to suffer. The Police tried their best to control the situation, but needed the help of the Military. The Military helped the Police in their full strength and finally brought the situation under control. That was on 15 May 1933.

The initial Investigation office was small with only three investigation tables . The three tables in the investigating office represented three sections of the service; Theft, Political and Serious Crimes. The office was mostly painted in green which is why the place was also called the Green Office. In 1970 Police office was changed to the building that has since become the Bandara Koshi library. New sections formed; Traffic Control and road accidents were being monitored by the police. The police force was soon disbanded although the initial law was not revoked. The police force was formally re-established on 13 March 1972, as a branch of the security force, which were then known as National Guards, functioning under the Ministry of Public Safety.

The operating procedures of service established in 1933 were maintained until the election of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on 11 November 1978. When the force was re-structured under Ministry of Defense and National Security on 10 January 1979, National Guards were renamed as National Security Service. Since the organization was expanding, the lack of space in the building was experienced. As a result, finally, in 1985 the headquarters was re-located to the building of the current Ministry of Defense and National Security. Apart from an Admin Section, five investigation sections were formed.

And in 1992 a Police Inspector from the West Yorkshire Police named David Price introduced the modern working structure of the Police, introducing Police beats and mobile patrols. Police shifted to Shaheedh Hussain Adam Building in 1999 and on 1 September 2004 Maldives Police Service was formed under the Ministry of Home Affairs which was a major functional shift of the present administration. National Security Service was later renamed as Maldives National Defence Force.

On 1 July 2013 police reserve force known as the Special Constabulary was inaugurated. And on 23 July 2013 first official ceremony to commemorate the Police Memorial Day was held. The Police Memorial Day is an annual nationwide event which aims to remember, honour and pay respects to each and every Police Officer who lost their lives in the line of duty. And on the same day Police Memorial Wall was inaugurated to honour the members of the Maldives Police Service who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Organization structure[1][edit]

Office of the Commissioner[edit]

  • Strategy & Legal Department
  • Bureau of Crime Records
  • Police Media Centre
  • International Relations Unit
  • Executive Support Services
  • Grievance Officer

Professional Standards Command[edit]

  • Administration Unit
  • Internal Investigation Unit
  • Quality Assessment and Awareness unit

Directorate of Intelligence[edit]

Crime Investigation Command[edit]

  • Drug Enforcement Department
  • Economic Crime Department
  • Family & Child Protection Department
  • Major Crime Management Center
  • General Investigation Department
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Unit
  • Victim Support Unit

Internal Security Command[edit]

  • Male’ City Police
  • Traffic Management Department
  • Industrial Security Department
  • Special Operations Department
  • Police Communication Center
  • Major Events

Divisional Operations Command[edit]

  • Upper North Police Division
  • North Police Division
  • North Central Police Division
  • Central Police Division
  • South Central Police Division
  • Upper South Police Division
  • South Police Division

Specialist Support[edit]

  • Forensic Services
  • Information & Communication Technology Services
  • Police Custodial Department
  • Marine Police Department

Staff Welfare and Finance Management[edit]

  • Finance and Asset Management
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Services
  • Public Affairs Department
  • Human Resource Development

Support Services[edit]

  • Logistic Services
  • Police Medical Services
  • Uniform & Accessories Department
  • Police Club
  • Police Family Association

Training and Development[edit]

  • Institute for Security and Law Enforcement Studies
  • Police Academy

Police Cooperative Society[edit]

Rank structure[edit]

Commissioned Officers[edit]

Executive Appointments

  • Commissioner of Police
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police

Executive Management Level

  • Assistant Commissioner of police
  • Chief Superintendent of Police

Senior Management Level

  • Superintendent of Police
  • Chief Inspector of Police

Middle Management Level

  • Inspector of Police
  • Sub Inspector of Police

Non Commissioned Officers[edit]

Supervisory Management Level

  • Police Chief Station Inspector
  • Police Station Inspector

First-line Management Level

  • Police Staff Sergeant
  • Police Sergeant

First-line Officers Level

  • Police Corporal
  • Police Lance Corporal
  • Police Constable

Medals and ribbons[2][edit]


National Level Medals

  • Medal of Honour
  • Presidential Medal
  • Medal for Exceptional Bravery
  • Medal for Bravery
  • 3 November Medal
  • Purple Heart
  • Police Service Medal

Service Level Medals

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Gold Life Saving Medal
  • Silver Life Saving Medal
  • Long Service Medal
  • Dedicated Service Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Police Medal
  • Tsunami Medal
  • Independence 50 Medal


National Level Ribbons

  • Presidential Ribbon

Service Level Ribbons

  • Long Service Ribbon
  • Ribbon of Bravery
  • Dedicated Service Ribbon
  • Police Service Ribbon
  • Good Conduct Ribbon
  • Special Duty Ribbon
  • Achievement Ribbon
  • Ribbon of Skill
  • Ribbon of Drill

Senior officers[3][edit]


  • Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed

Assistant Commissioner of Police

  • Ahmed Mohamed - Head of Crime Investigation Command
  • Ahmed Mohmed - Head of Specialist Support
  • Ismail Naveen - Head of Training & Development
  • Ali Shujau - Head of Professional Standards Command
  • Ali Rasheed - Head of Staff Welfare and Finance Management
  • Farhad Fikry - Head of Support Services
  • Abdul Mannan Yoosuf -

Other Heads of Commands & Directorates

  • Chief Superintendent of Police Ahmed Abdul Rahman - Head of Training and Development
  • Chief Superintendent of Police Ahmed Shuhad - Head of Northern Operations Command
  • Chief Superintendent of Police Abdulla Shareef - Head of Southern Operations Command
  • Superintendent of Police Mohamed Jamsheed - Acting Director General of Directorate of Intelligence
  • Superintendent of Police Mohamed Rasheed - Head of Hulhumale Police


Commissioner of Police

  • Adam Zahir
  • Ahmed Faseeh
  • Abdulla Riyaz
  • Hussain Waheed
  • Ahmed Areef
  • Hamdhoon Rasheed

Deputy Commissioner of Police

  • Abdul Shukoor Abdulla
  • Ibrahim Latheef
  • Mohamed Fayaz
  • Mohamed Rishwan
  • Ahmed Muneer
  • Ismail Atheef
  • Mohamed Sadiq
  • Hassan Habeeb
  • Ahmed Saudee

Assistant Commissioner of Police

  • Hussain Shakir
  • Ibrahim Rasheed


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  2. ^ Infrastructure, Police Information. "Maldives Police Service". Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. ^ Infrastructure, Police Information. "Maldives Police Service". Retrieved 19 February 2017.

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External links[edit]

* Official Website :
* Official Institute :
* Official News Website :

Further reading[edit]