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The Myanmar Police Force, formally known as The People's Police Force (Burmese: ပြည်သူ့ရဲတပ်ဖွဲ့; MLCTS: Pyi Thu Yae Tup Pwe), was established in 1964 as an independent department under the Ministry of Home Affairs. It was reorganised on 1 October 1995 and informally became part of the Tatmadaw (Armed Forces of Myanmar).

Myanmar Police Force
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Agency overview
Formed1964; 55 years ago (1964)
Superseding agency
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Aung Win Oo, Chief of Police[1]
Parent agencyMinistry of Home Affairs
Child agencies
  • State and Division Police
  • Special Forces
  • Training Department
  • Reserve Units
  • Combat Police Battalions
  • Anti-Narcotics Task Force
WebsiteOfficial website



The Police Force in Myanmar have an extensive history; the police force also includes local police and regional police in different jurisdictions.

British rule in MyanmarEdit

The Indian Imperial Police was the primary law enforcement in Burma until 1937, when it was split from British India.

In 1872 the third mayor of Mergui District, Sir Ashly Din (1870-1875) assigned the first police officer to be stationed at Maliwan, a village 24 miles north of current Victoria Point.

Perhaps the most famous policeman in Burma from this period is the author George Orwell, who in 1922 joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma.

Post-independence (1948–present)Edit

Myanmar police officers blocking protesters in Bahan Township, Yangon.

On 16 March 1988 following the killing of two students during the pro-democracy demonstrations, students marching on Prome Road were confronted near Inya Lake by the Lon Htein security force riot police and many beaten to death or drowned.

The national police are made up of several smaller entities, including

  • Myanmar Railways Police
  • Intelligence division


The current Director General of Myanmar Police Force is Police Lieutenant General Aung Win Oo with its headquarters at Nay Pyi Daw. Its command structure is based on established civil jurisdictions. Each of Myanmar's seven states and seven divisions has their own Police Forces with headquarters in the respective capital cities.[2]

State and Division Police ForcesEdit

There are 14 State and Divisional Police Forces and three additional State/Division Police Forces commanded by Police Brigadier or Colonels. Their jurisdictions are divided according to the Civil Administration. The States and Divisions, Additional States have the same status.

Each State and Divisional Police Force consist of four components.

  • Office of the Commander of the State and Divisional Police Force
  • Office of the Commander of the District Police Force
  • Office of the Commander of the Township Police Force
  • Police Stations

The District Police Forces are classified into two classes depending on the area, population and development, namely A and B Class. Commanders of the A Class District Police Forces are Police Lieutenant Colonels and B Classes are Police Majors. Commanders of Township Police Forces are Police Majors and Police Station Officers are Police Lieutenants.

Special DepartmentsEdit

There are four Special Departments, in which the first two Departments are headed by the Police Brigadier Generals and the remaining two are by Police Colonels.

  • Special Intelligence Department (Special Branch)
  • Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
  • Railways Police Department
  • City Development Police Department
  • Myanmar Traffic Police
  • Maritime Police force
  • Aviation Police Force
  • Financial Investigation force
  • Anti-human Trafficking Police Force
  • Tourist Security Police Force
  • Oil Field Security Police Force
  • Forestry Security Police Force
  • Highway Police Force
  • Border Guard Police Force

Others Major DepartmentsEdit

  • Aviation Police Department
  • Coastal and River Patrol Police Department
  • Highway Partrol Police Department
  • Tourist Police Department

Training CentresEdit

There are three main Training Centers, one Central Training Institute of Myanmar Police Force and Three Police Training Depots. The State and Divisional Police Forces have their own training centres for refresher courses and Junior Leader (NCO) Courses.

Bachelor's degree holders from Distance Learning University were disqualified from sitting the SIP exam. Thus vast numbers of Bachelor holding police personal were concerned for their future.

Course Name Duration
Deputy Superintendent Cadet Course 50 weeks
Sub-Inspector Cadet Course 6 weeks
Surveillance Officer Course 6 weeks
Investigation Officer Course 6 weeks
Police Station Officer Course 8 weeks
Staff Officer Course 6 weeks
Township Police Commander Course 8 weeks
District Police Commander Course 12 weeks

No. 1 Police Training DepotEdit

The No.1 Police Training Depot is commanded by a Police Lieutenant Colonel and undertakes:

Course Name Duration
Basic Training Course for Lance Corporal and Corporal 4 weeks
Warrant Officer and Police Sergeants Course 12 Weeks
Basic Training Course for Constables 24 weeks
Clerical Training 4 weeks
Instructor Renewal Course 4 weeks

No. 2 Police Training DepotEdit

The No.2 Police Training Depot is also commanded by a Police Lieutenant Colonel, and undertakes only Basic Training Course for Constables, which normally takes around 6 months to complete.

Course Name Duration
Basic Training Course for Constables 6 Months

Taung Lay Lone Police Training DepotEdit

The Taung Lay Lone Police Training Depot is commanded by a Police Lieutenant Colonel and undertakes:

Course Name Duration
Basic Training Course for lance corporal and Corporal 4 weeks
Warrant Officer and Police Sergeants Course 12 Weeks
Basic Training Course for Constables 6 Months

Reserve UnitsEdit

The following units were formed with personnel formerly in the People's Militia Units.

Combat Police Battalions (SWAT)Edit

There are sixteen Police Battalions to carry out general security duties under the command of Battalion Control Command. The Battalion Commandants are Police Lieutenant Colonels. As the populace of the cities including Yangon and Mandalay have been increased day after day, problems on social, economy and politics are risen up that could lead to emergence of civil unrest and sabotage. It is necessary to prevent from destruction and harassment, VIP and project factories and workshops, security of diplomats and their embassies. Seven of these Police Battalions are situated in the Yangon Divisional areas and two in Mandalay and three in Arakan, one in Sagaing, one in Mon State, one in Pegu, one in Prome.

These specially-trained and combat capable battalions are formed with personnel from former Riot Security Police, better known as "Lon Htein" Units. Each battalion consists of 500+ personnel and these battalions are supported by two support battalions, which include signal and medical units. These battalions structure are similar to that of Army's Light Infantry Battalions and they are subordinate to their respective Regional Military Commands.[3]

  • 1st Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Hlawga)
  • 2nd Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Maungtaw)
  • 3rd Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Shwemyayar)
  • 4th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Shwesaryan)
  • 5th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Hmawbi)
  • 6th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Shwepyitha)
  • 7th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Kyauktan)
  • 8th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Mingaladon)
  • 9th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Hlaingthaya)
  • 10th Combat Police Battalion
  • 11th Combat Police Battalion
  • 12th Combat Police Battalion
  • 14th Combat Police Battalion (HQ at Pa Lake, Mandalay)
  • 15th Combat Police Battalion
  • 16th Combat Police Battalion

Anti-Narcotic Task ForcesEdit

26 special anti-narcotic task forces have been established under the direction of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control.

Rank structure and insigniaEdit

Senior Commissioned OfficersEdit


Myanmar Police Force

Rank Name Police Major General Police Brigadier General Police Colonel

Commissioned OfficersEdit


Myanmar Police Force

Rank Name Police Lieutenant Colonel Police Major Police Captain Police Lieutenant Police Sub Lieutenant

Non-Commissioned OfficersEdit


Myanmar Police Force

Rank Name Police Staff Sergeant Police Sergeant Police Corporal Police Lance Corporal

Weapons and equipmentEdit

Myanmar Police Force uses wide range of weapons and ammunitions, ranging from Second World War vintage to modern sophisticated weapons. Most of the weapons are either seized from ethnic wars and narco-insurgents or locally produced copies of the G3 and other weapons phased out of their army.

SWAT battalions are armed with relatively modern small arms and members of MPF who are stationed in local police stations within States and Divisional Police Forces and those providing general guard duties at various government establishments and public places such as airports, train and bus stations, along with officers and detectives, are issued with Second World War vintage weapons.


Sub machine gunEdit


Machine gunEdit

Sniper rifleEdit

Non-Lethal WeaponsEdit


Cars and TrucksEdit

  • Mitsubishi Pajero (confiscated item)
  • Chevrolet Suburban (confiscated item)
  • Range Rover donated by Foreign Organisations for Drugs Enforcement.
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class sedan (confiscated item)
  • Toyota Dyna paddy wagon (Private Owned Vehicles called as volunteer)
  • Toyota Double Cab (confiscated item, used by escort team, patrol)
  • Mitsubishi Double Cab (confiscated item, used by Police Col, Yangon)
  • Mitsubishi Pickup (confiscated item, used by Township Police Station, Yangon)
  • Mitsubishi Pickup (confiscated item, used by Police Lt Col, Yangon)
  • Toyota Pickup (confiscated item, used by Township Police Station, Yangon)
  • FAW Pickup
  • Honda Saloon, Patrol car
  • Jeep, Used by police station
  • Mazda pick-up, Used by police station
  • Toyota Celica, used as a high-speed police chasing car to arrest undisciplined sports car
  • Nissan Fairlady Z, used as a police lead vehicle and as a high-speed police car to arrest undisciplined sports car


  • Harley-Davidson motorcycle (For Pilot and Point)
  • Qingqi motorcycle (these motorcycles were used by motor vehicles police, Township Police and their informer illegal and without registration number)

Coastal Patrol CraftEdit

Class Builder Serial Number Year Entered Service Armament Note
PGM class   Myanmar 331
2012 machine guns

River Patrol BoatEdit

Class Builder Serial Number Year Entered Service Armament Note
PCE class   Myanmar,   China 171
2013 machine guns

Awards, commendations, citations and medalsEdit

|AWARDS Awards

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "မြန်မာနိုင်ငံရဲတပ်ဖွဲ့ ရဲချုပ် ခန့်အပ်တာဝန်ပေးခြင်း". Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Selth, Power Without Glory

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