Royal Falkland Islands Police

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Royal Falkland Islands Police
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionFalkland Islands, UK
Map of Royal Falkland Islands Police's jurisdiction.
Size12,173 km2 (4,700 sq mi)
Population3,150 residents (approx), plus military garrison
Sworn members18
Royal Falkland Islands Police Headquarters, Stanley

The Royal Falkland Islands Police is the territorial police force responsible for law enforcement within the Falkland Islands. The force was established on 1 November 1846 with the appointment of Francis Parry as Chief Constable.[1] The Constables Ordinance 1846, which had been enacted by the colony's Legislative Council on 27 October of that year, created an organisation that has remained at the service of the public ever since. The current Chief Police Officer is Superintendent Jeff McMahon. The Falkland Islands Police Force was granted the "Royal" prefix by HM The Queen on 1 January 1992.[1]


The police station, which has remained the headquarters building since it was completed in 1873, is situated centrally in Stanley. The building, which has had several wooden extensions added over the years, was built of stone by the detachment of Royal Marines that were stationed in the colony at that time. The station took a direct hit from a British missile during the Falklands War on 11 June 1982 and was severely damaged. The fabric of the building was repaired but after 135 years of continual service it was totally refurbished in 2008. This was completed in 2009 with the new jail being opened by the Princess Royal on 24 March 2009.[2]

Communication is based on VHF千亿体育官网 FM radio and is encrypted. The use of a repeater greatly extends the range of coverage.

Codes of practice are published originating from the Criminal Justice Ordinance 1989. All equipment issued to officers and practices used comply with 千亿体育官网 Office and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidelines.


  1. ^ a b . Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  2. ^ . MercoPress. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2020.

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