Cyprus Police was established in 1960 in accordance with the provisions of Article 130 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus. The duties, responsibilities and competences of the Police are set out by Police Law (N73(1)/2004) as well as the relevant Regulations that are issued on the basis of this law. According to Article 6 of the above mentioned Law the Police exercises its authority throughout the territory of the Republic of Cyprus to maintain law and order, preserve the peace, prevent and detect crime, as well as apprehend offenders and bring them to justice.
Nevertheless, in view of social developments, as well as the enormous and rapid socio-economic changes that have been taking place and are directly reflected in its work, the Cyprus Police has broadened its traditional role and is making continuous efforts to upgrade its services, so as to be able to fully meet the demands and standards of a contemporary state.
To transform the Police into a fully productive, effective and credible organization, that is citizen-oriented and focuses on the constant provision of quality services to the public.
Priorities and Planning for the period of 2013-2018
The priorities of the Cyprus Police for the period of 2013-2018 have been determined in line with the Security Police of the Governance Programme of the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
Within this framework, the Police has mapped out its plans on the basis of a new approach to policing which is based on community policing and intelligence led policing. This new approach also includes aspects of smart policing, which utilizes to the full modern technology in the field of policing. Within the framework of this approach, great significance is also given to the fight against corruption and organized crime.
Organisation of the Police
The Police is headed by the Minister of Justice and Public Order and administrated by the leadership of the body, which is made up of the Chief, the Deputy Chief and four Assistant Chiefs. Currently, the Police comprises 6,656 members that include 82 specialised personnel, 639 Fire Service members and 932 Special Constables.
The Organisational Structure of the Police is made up of Services, Units, Directorates and Departments at Headquarters, as well as Police Divisions, as follows:
– Department A (Administration)
– Department B (Traffic)
– Department C (Crime Investigation, Prosecution)
– Department D (Scientific and Technical Support)
– Research and Development Department
– Cyprus Police Academy
– Emergency Response Unit
– Presidential Guard Unit
– Port and Marine Police
– Cyprus Police Aviation Unit
– Central Intelligence Service
– Aliens and Immigration Service
– Drug Law Enforcement Unit
– Audit and Inspection Service
– Criminalistic Services
– European Union and International Police Co-operation Directorate
– Directorate for Managing Materials and Supplies
– Directorate of Airports Security
– Finance Directorate
– Professional Standards Directorate
– Fire Service
– Nicosia Police Division
– Limassol Police Division
– Larnaka Police Division
– Ammochostos Police Division (temporarily based at Paralimni due to the Turkish invasion of 1974)
– Paphos Police Division
– Morphou Police Division (temporarily based at Evrichou due to the Turkish invasion of 1974)
– Kyrenia Police Division (its operation has been temporarily suspended due to the Turkish invasion of 1974)
European and International Co-operation
The Cyprus Police co-operates closely with international and European law enforcement agencies, which include Interpol, Europol, Cepol and Frontex. Moreover, Officers and other members of the Cyprus Police are posted as Liaison Officers in various countries, while at the same time, officers from other –mostly European states – are posted in Cyprus and neighbouring countries. The Liaison Officers act as contact points between the Cyprus Police and the authorities of other states, so that there is effective co-operation in the field of combating serious crime.
Additionally, Cyprus has ratified International conventions and has signed bilateral Agreements with other states which provide for the co-operation of the police or other government authorities in the areas of preventing and combating international terrorism, drug trafficking as well as other forms of organized and serious cross-border crime.
Moreover, the Cyprus Police Academy co-operates closely with the European Police College (Cepol) as well as the Police Academies of the other member states of the European Union.
Cyprus Police website: www.police.gov.cy