Sovereign Base Areas Police

Sovereign Base Areas Police
Common name Sovereign Base Areas Police
Agency overview
Formed 15 August, 1960
Employees 253
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
Map of the Sovereign Base Areas Police's jurisdiction.
Size 250 km²
Population 14,000
Legal jurisdiction As per operations jurisdiction.
Governing body Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Sovereign 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 agency Ministry of Defence
Prisons Her Majesty's Prison, Dhekelia
Patrol cars Yes
Armed response vehicles Yes
Dogs Yes
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. However, for any offences military or civilian committed by service personnel or their dependants anywhere in Cyprus authority lies with the Cyprus Joint Police Unit, (unless within the SBA, and SBA Police take primacy) which is a military police unit made up of members of the Royal Military Police and Royal Air Force Police, who operate throughout the whole of Cyprus, including the Republic of Cyprus,

SBA Police patch with crest

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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