The Sovereign Base Areas Police
is the local civilian police force for the British controlled Sovereign Base Areas
(SBA) of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
. Established in August 1960, the force has responsibility for all 15,000 residents of the SBAs, including military personnel. However, for any military offences committed by service personnel on military property, authority lies with the Cyprus Joint Police Unit, which is a military unit made up of members of the Royal Military Police
and Royal Air Force Police
The SBA Police consists of a total of 256 officers, consisting of seven 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).