St Helena Police

Part of: International and specialist agencies

HMICFRS conducts statutory inspections of police forces and other law enforcement agencies in England and Wales. We also inspect law enforcement arrangements in British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on invitation from the relevant Government.

St Helena Police is a small force located on an island in the South Atlantic Ocean that operates in a unique environment, both geographically and politically.


In 2019, His Excellency, The Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha invited HMICFRS to inspect the St Helena Police Service. In March 2020, we carried out the fieldwork.

Our terms of reference for this inspection were to inspect the force’s arrangements, policies and practice for armed policing; detention and custody; investigation and victim care/support; and neighbourhood and community policing, public engagement and communication.

During our inspection, we were impressed by the force’s senior leadership team and officers. We have written our inspection report in order to help the force improve its service to the public, making 14 recommendations and highlighting 22 areas for improvement.

Read the report

St Helena Police – An inspection of St Helena Police