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Law enforcement in the Maldives

There are a handful of law enforcement establishments in the Maldives.

Armed Forces

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)

The organization is headed by Chief of Defence Force Major General Ahmed Shiyam. Service branches include;

  • Coast Guard
  • Marine Corps
  • Special Forces
  • Service Corps
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Special Protection Group
  • Military police
  • Air Wing
  • Defence Institute for Training and Education
  • Medical Service
  • Fire and Rescue Service


Maldives Police Service

The organization is headed by Acting commissioner of Police, Deputy commissioner Mr.Abdulla Nawaz. Service branches include;

  • Commissioner’s Bureau
  • Professional Standards Command
  • Specialist Crime Command
  • Central Operations Command
  • Divisional Operations Command
  • Directorate of Intelligence
  • Forensic Service Directorate
  • Service Development Directorate
  • Service Support Directorate
  • Information & Communication Directorate
  • Institute for Security & Law Enforcement Studies


Maldives Customs Service

Maldives Customs Service is a law enforcement organization established under the Maldives Customs Act (No: 8/2011). Though the Act came into force in 2011, history of Customs can be traced back to 1890, marking it as the oldest organization in the Maldives.

The Organization is headed by Commissioner General of Customs Mr. Ibrahim Shareef Mohamed.

Today Customs operation is carried out across the country, including international airports and seaports. There are 3 designated international seaports and 3 international airports, major ones established in the Central Region.

Customs vision is mainly focused on border enforcement and facilitating legitimate trade and travels while reflecting international standards and best practices.


'Maldives Immigration The organization is headed by Controller General of Immigration Mr Mohamed Anwar Service branches include;

  • Permit Section
  • Travel Document Section
  • Airport Control Section
  • Harbour Control Section
  • Expatriate Monitoring and Repatriation Division


Maldives Correctional Service

The organization is headed by Commissioner of Prisons Mohamed Husham. Service branches include;

  • Maafusi Prison
  • Asseyri Prison
  • Male' Prison
  • HulhuMale Detention Centre
  • Emergency Support Group
  • Prison Academy
  • Parole Office
  • Rehabilitation Command
  • Operations Command
  • Cooperate Command

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