Saint Helena Police Service

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Saint Helena Police Service
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionSaint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha
Map of Saint Helena Police Service's jurisdiction.
Size420 km²
HeadquartersJamestown, Saint Helena

Sworn members30

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 six on Ascension Island. Policing in Tristan da Cunha is undertaken by one full-time police inspector and three special constables. The current Tristan inspector is Conrad Glass.[2]

Saint Helena has a main police station and prison — the smallest in the world[citation needed] — 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 2017[needs update] 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, which started in 2011, delivers pre sentence reports to the courts, community sentencing and probation. In addition it is responsible for supervising those serving parole or life licence.

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.


Current policing ranks:[3]

  • Director – head of force
  • Deputy Chief
  • Chief Inspector
  • Inspector
  • Sergeant
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Police Constable
  • Special Constable

Fire services:

  • Brigade Manager – fire chief
  • Watch Manager
  • Crew Manager
  • 8 Fire Fighters
  • Auxiliary Fire Fighters


  • All police officers wear a white shirt with black tie, trousers; peaked cap
  • Reflective vests or jackets worn whilst on street or traffic duty
  • Blue shirt and dark trousers for firefighters


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Police Department". St Helena Government. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  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.
  3. ^ "Police Directorate Organisational Chart – June 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ "County fire engine arrives in St Helena (From Dorset Echo)". 22 October 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ "EXCO REPORT 69 – 15th February 2011 - St Helena - Ascension Island News". 15 February 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2016.


  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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