Sovereign Base Areas Police

The Sovereign Base Areas Police is the local civilian police force for the British controlled Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus. Established in August 1960, the force has responsibility for all 15,000 residents of the SBAs, including military personnel. The Cyprus Joint Police Unit (the Royal Navy Police, Royal Military Police and RAF Police), has concurrent jurisdiction over all offences committed by Service personnel and UK dependents/employees within the SBAs, garrisons, and stations, and other retained military sites outside the SBAs. Both work in full cooperation with each other and any jurisdiction issues are managed through an agreed Memorandum of Understanding.[1]

Sovereign Base Areas Police
Common nameSovereign Base Areas Police
Agency overview
Formed15 August, 1960
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
Operations jurisdictionSBA
Map of the Sovereign Base Areas Police's jurisdiction.
Size250 km┬▓
Legal jurisdictionAs per operations jurisdiction
Governing bodyMinistry of Defence (United Kingdom)
General nature
HeadquartersSovereign Base Areas Police HQ, British Forces Episkopi
Military appointment responsible
  • Mjr Gen Richard Cripwell, Administrator, Sovereign Base Areas
Agency executive
  • Mick Matthews, Chief Constable
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence
PrisonsHer Majesty's Prison, Dhekelia
Patrol carsYes
Armed response vehiclesYes
Sovereign Base Areas Police
SBA Police patch with badge

The SBA Police consists of a total of 241 officers and 12 civilian employees. There are four British senior officers, with the remainder recruited from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. In addition to its regular policing duties, the SBA Police has responsibility for the operation of Dhekelia Prison.

Although the SBA Police is administered by the Ministry of Defence, it is a separate force from the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP).

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  1. ^ User, Super. "Sovereign Base Areas - Police". Retrieved 10 November 2018.

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