Maldives Police Service

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Maldives Police Service
ދިވެހި ފުލުހުންގެ ޚިދުމަތް
Maldives Police Service - Official Logo.png
Official Logo
Motto To Protect and Serve
Agency overview
Formed September 1, 2004
Preceding agency March 29, 1933
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Population 369,031 (July 2007 est.)
Legal jurisdiction Republic of Maldives
Constituting instrument The Police Act, 5/2008
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Shaheed Hussain Adam Building, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Malé, Maldives
Elected officers responsible
  • Umar Naseer, Minister of Home Affairs
  • Yoosuf Abdul Ghafoor, Minister of State for Home Affairs
Agency executives
Parent agency Ministry of Home Affairs
Police Stations 60

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.

History of the Force[edit]

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 in 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[edit]


Commissioner’s Bureau[edit]

Executive Services Department

  • Executive Services
  • Administrative Services
  • International Affairs
  • Police Media Unit
    • Media & Current Affairs Section
    • Multimedia Section

Strategic & Legal Department

  • Research & Strategic Development
  • Organizational Performance Monitoring
  • Legal Services

Bureau of Crime Records

  • Statistics & Analysis Unit
  • Data Entry & Validation Unit
  • Crime Records Unit
  • Legal Liaison Unit

Service Development Directorate[edit]

Human Resource Department

  • Human Resource Management Unit
    • Recruitment & Staffing Section
    • Payroll Administration Section
    • Termination & Retirement Administration Section
    • Personnel Administration Section
  • Human Resource Development Unit
    • Career Development Section
    • Promotion & Awards Section
    • Employee Benefits Administration Section
  • Staff Welfare Unit
  • Grievance Unit

Public Affairs Department

  • Crime Prevention Unit
    • Graphics Section
    • Community Engagement Section
    • Research & Coordination Section
  • Police Heritage Center
    • Archive Section
    • Police Museum

Service Support Directorate[edit]

Logistical Services Department

  • Building Maintenance Unit
  • Uniform & Accessories Unit
  • Operational Equipment Unit
  • Catering Unit

Finance Department

  • Budgeting & Accounts Unit
  • Procurement & Asset Management Unit
  • Infrastructure Unit

Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Department

  • Automotive Engineering Unit
  • Transport Management Unit
  • Electrical Engineering Unit

Medical Services Department

  • Police Clinic
  • Medical Welfare & Support

Information & Communication Directorate[edit]

Information & Communication Technology Department

  • Networks & Security Unit
  • Technical Support Unit
    • Divisional Field Technician Section
  • Information Systems Development Unit
    • Software Development Section
    • Services & Support Section
    • System Analysis & Design Section
    • Web Services Section
  • Communication And Multimedia Unit
  • Management And Development Unit
    • Finance & Supply Section
    • Project Section
  • Camera Network Unit

Cyber Security Operation Center

  • Cyber Forensics Unit

Professional Standards Command[edit]

  • Internal Investigation Unit
    • Grievance Section
    • Investigations
  • Internal Intelligence Unit
    • Intelligence
  • Quality Assessment & Awareness Unit
    • Inspection Team
    • Audit Team
    • Awareness Team

Institute for Security & Law Enforcement Studies[edit]

  • Administration Unit

Police Academy

  • Police Recruit Training Unit
  • Operational Training Unit
  • Specialized & Tactical Training Unit
  • Leadership & Investigation Training Unit
  • Police Band

Faculty Of Crime, Leadership & Management

  • Criminology Training Unit
  • Leadership & Management Training Unit

Department Of Planning & Corporate Affairs

  • Corporate & Marketing Section
  • Research & Curriculum Development Unit


Crime Investigation Command[edit]

  • Victims Support Unit
Specialist Crime[edit]

Drug Enforcement Department

  • Drug Investigation Unit
  • Drug Operations Unit

Serious & Organized Crime Department

  • Sensitive & Confidential Investigation Unit
  • Organized Crime Investigation Unit
  • Serious Crime Unit
  • Human Trafficking Unit

Family & Child Protection Department

  • Juvenile Offenders Investigation Unit
  • Child Abuse Investigation Unit
  • Domestic Violence Investigation Unit
  • Advocacy & Project Implementation Unit

Economic Crime Department

  • Financial Crime Unit
  • Fraud Investigation Unit
  • Cyber Crime Investigation unit
General Investigation[edit]

General Investigation Department

  • Administration & Records Management Unit
    • Administration
    • Records Management
  • Crimes Against Persons Unit
  • Property Crimes Unit
  • Commercial Crimes Unit
  • Anti-Social & Vice Unit
  • Environmental Police Unit
  • Divisional Investigation Liaison

Forensic Service Directorate[edit]

  • Digital Evidence Laboratory
  • D.N.A. Laboratory
  • Finger Print Laboratory
  • Drug & Chemical Laboratory
  • Physical Evidence Laboratory
  • Quality Management Unit

Crime Scene Investigation Department

  • Central Evidence Response Unit
  • Divisional Evidence Response Unit

Directorate of Intelligence[edit]

  • Divisional Investigation Unit
  • Intelligence Coordination unit
  • Covert Policing Unit

Counter Terrorism Department

  • Counter Radicalization Unit
  • Terrorism Intelligence Unit

Criminal Intelligence Department

  • Drug Intelligence Unit
  • Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit

Intelligence Support Department

  • Confidential Unit
  • Development Unit


Internal Security Command[edit]

Specialist Operations Department

  • Operational Support Unit
  • Public Safety & Response Unit
  • Special Protection Unit
  • Specialist Response Unit

Police Custodial Department

  • Administration Unit
  • Male' Custodial
    • General Administration
    • Operations
  • Dhoonidhoo Custodial
    • General Administration
    • Operations
  • Fugitive Recovery Unit
    • General Administration
    • Operations

Vital Infrastructure Security Department

  • Airport Security
  • Seaport Security

Marine Police Department

  • Administration & Transport Management Unit
    • General Administration
    • Logistics & Procurement
    • Transport Section
  • Marine Operations Unit
  • Marine Investigation Unit
    • Investigations
    • Marine Intelligence
  • Police Diving Unit
    • Underwater Search & Recovery Section
  • Marine Engineering Unit
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Regional Services
    • Fiberglass And Maintenance

Central Operations Command[edit]

  • Major Event Planning Unit

Communication & Coordination Department

  • Police Communication Center
  • Public Relations Unit

Male' City Police

  • Galolhu Police Station
  • Maafannu Police Station
  • Vilimale' Police Station
  • Thilafushi Police Station
  • Installation Security Unit
  • Male' Traffic Unit

Hulhumale' Police

  • Hulhumale' Operations Unit
  • Investigation Unit
  • Hulhumale' Traffic Unit
  • Tourist Police Unit

Traffic Management Department

  • Road Safety Unit
  • Traffic Police Coordination Unit
  • Traffic Violation Unit

Divisional Operations Command[edit]

Divisional Operations Command North Wing[edit]

Upper North Police Division

  • HA. Atoll Police
    • HA. Dhihdhoo Police Station
    • HA. Hoarafushi Police Station
    • HA. Ihavandhoo Police Station
    • HA. Kela Police Station
    • HA. Baarashu Police Station
  • H.Dh. Atoll Police
    • H.Dh. Kulhudhuhfushi Police Station
    • H.Dh. Hanimaadhoo Police Station
    • H.Dh. Makunudhoo Police Station
    • H.Dh. Nolhivaranfaru Police Station
  • Sh. Atoll Police
    • Sh. Funadhoo Police Station
    • Sh. Kanditheemu Police Station
    • Sh. Milandhoo Police Station
    • Sh. Foakaidhoo Police Station
    • Sh. Feevah Police Station
    • Sh. Komandoo Police Station

North Police Division

  • N. Atoll Police
    • N. Velidhoo Police Station
    • N. Manadhoo Police Station
    • N. Holhudhoo Police Station
    • N. Landhoo Police Station
  • R. Atoll Police
    • R. Alifushi Police Station
    • R. Ungoofaaru Police Station
    • R. Dhuvaafaru Police Station
    • R. Meedhoo Police Station
    • R. Inguraidhoo Police Station
  • B. Atoll Police
    • B. Eydhafushi Police Station
    • B. Thulhaadhoo Police Station
  • Lh. Atoll Police
    • Lh. Naifaru Police Station
    • Lh. Hinnavaru Police Station

North Central Police Division

  • K. Atoll Police
    • K. Thulusdhoo Police Station
    • K. Hinmafushi Police Station
    • K. Maafushi Police Station
    • K. Kashidhoo Police Station
    • K. Guraidhoo Police Station
  • AA. Atoll Police
    • AA. Rasdhoo Police Station
    • AA. Himandhoo Police Station
    • AA. Mathiveri Police Station
  • A.Dh. Atoll Police
    • A.Dh. Maamigili Police Station
    • A.Dh. Mahibadhoo Police Station
    • A.Dh. Dhangenthi Police Station
    • A.Dh. Fenfushi Police Station
    • A.Dh. Dhigurah Police Station
  • V. Atoll Police
    • V. Felidhoo Police Station
Divisional Operations Command South Wing[edit]

Central Police Division

  • M. Atoll Police
    • M. Muli Police Station
    • M. Mulak Police Station
    • M. Dhiggaru Police Station
    • M. Kolhufushi Police Station
  • F. Atoll Police
    • F. Nilandhoo Police Station
    • F. Magoodhoo Police Station
  • Dh. Atoll Police
    • Dh. Kudahuvadhoo Police Station
    • Dh. Badidhoo Police Station

South Central Police Division

  • Th. Atoll Police
    • Th. Villifushi Police Station
    • Th. Veymandoo Police Station
    • Th. Thimarafushi Station
    • Th. Guraidhoo Police Station
    • Th. Madifushi Police Station
    • Th. Kinbidhoo Police Station
    • Th. Hirilandhoo Police Station
  • L. Atoll Police
    • L. Gan Police Station
    • L. Isdhoo Police Station
    • L. Fonadhoo Police Station
    • L. Maavah Police Station
    • L. Maamendhoo Police Station

Upper South Police Division

  • GA. Atoll Police
    • GA. Dhaandhoo Police Station
    • GA. Vilingili Police Station
    • GA. Gemanafushi Police Station
    • GA. Kolamaafushi Police Station
    • GA. Maamendhoo Police Station
  • G.Dh. Atoll Police
    • G.Dh. Thinadhoo Police Station
    • G.Dh. Gahdhoo Police Station
    • G.Dh. Rathafandhoo Police Station
    • G.Dh. Faresmaathoda Police Station
    • G.Dh. Vaadhoo Police Station
    • G.Dh. Fiyori Police Station

South Police Division

  • Gn. Atoll Police
    • Gn. Fuvahmulah Police Station
  • Addu City Police
    • S. Gan Police Station
    • S. Hithadhoo Police Station
    • S. Hulhumeedhoo Police Station

Other Services[edit]

  • Police Family Association
  • Police Cooperative Society / Police Shop
  • Police Club / Police Gym

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 & Ribbons[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[edit]

Serving Senior Officers[edit]

Commissioner of Police

  • Vacant

Deputy Commissioner of Police

  • Ahmed Areef - Acting Commissioner of Police & Head of Directorate of Intelligence
  • Ahmed Saudee - Deputy Commissioner of Police; Operations

Assistant Commissioner of Police

  • Abdullah Phairoosh - Executive Officer to the Minister of Home Affairs
  • Abdul Mannan Yoosuf - Head of Commissioner’s Bureau
  • Ahmed Mohamed - Head of Professional Standards Command
  • Hussen Adam - Head of Crime Investigation Command
  • Ismail Naveen - Head of Central Operations Command
  • Ali Shujau - Head of Divisional Operations Command
  • Mohamed Jamsheed - Head of Service Development Directorate
  • Ahmed Mohamed - Head of Service Support Directorate
  • Ali Rasheed - Head of Forensic Service Directorate
  • Farhad Fikry - Head of Information & Communication Directorate
  • Abdulla Nawaz - Executive Director; Institute for Security & Law Enforcement Studies & Spokesperson; Maldives Police Service

Other Heads of Commands & Directorates

  • Chief Superintendent of Police Hamdhoon Rasheed - Head of Internal Security Command

Retired Senior Officers[edit]

Commissioner of Police

  • Adam Zahir
  • Ahmed Faseeh
  • Abdulla Riyaz
  • Hussain Waheed

Deputy Commissioner of Police

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

Assistant Commissioner of Police

  • Hussain Shakir
  • Ibrahim Rasheed


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"US Embassy Conducts Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program for Maldivian Police Service". United States Virtual Presence Post - USVPP. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

"80th Anniversary of Maldives Police Service". Haveeru Online. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

"Unveiling of Police Memorial Wall". Haveeru Online. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

* Official Website  :
* Official Institute  :

Further reading[edit]