Seychelles Police Force

The police force in the Seychelles is a national body which falls under the control of the National Commissioner of Police, who is appointed by the President subject to the approval of the National Assembly. Although the Commissioner has the command, superintendence, direction and control of the police, he/she remains subject to the orders of the President.

The Seychelles Police Force is structured into the following units:

  • Canine Unit;
  • Criminal Investigation Division;
  • INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for the Seychelles;
  • National Intelligence Services;
  • Public Security Support Wing (riot and crowd control);
  • Regular Police;
  • Scientific Support Crime & Record Bureau;
  • Tourism Police; and
  • Traffic Police.

The core objective of the Seychelles Police Force (SPF) is to safeguard the public by providing quality and professional police services founded on mutual trust with the community. Accordingly, the core values of the SPF are to: (1) prioritise safety of the public and service to the community; (2) uphold the pride and professional reputation of SPF at all times; and (3) engage with the community.

Further, the strategic focus areas of the SPF include the following:

  • National, regional and international security;
  • Peace, preservation and crime management;
  • Road traffic;
  • Public confidence;
  • Cultural diversity;
  • Organizational development and capacity building.

Oversight Mechanisms

The Police Force Act of 1959 establishes a mechanism for internal disciplinary procedures to deal with offences or incidents of misconduct committed by members of the police. Complaints are typically handled internally, however, the Commissioner of Police has the right to refer grave or repeated offenses to the court for prosecution.  It is imperative to note here, however, that if an officer has already been disciplined under internal procedures, he/she is exempt from being tried before a court.

In terms of external oversight, the Office of the Ombudsman, which is an independent body, retains the power to investigate and report on incidents of fraud or corruption by public authorities, including members of the police. Specifically, the Constitution sets out the functions and duties of the Ombudsman, which includes the power to investigate complaints from individuals involving a violation of one’s fundamental rights or freedoms by members of a public authority. In addition, the Office of the Attorney-General is empowered to initiate criminal prosecution and civil litigation against the government involving issues that deal with constitutional and fundamental rights infractions.

Finally, various human rights organisations, including the Centre for Rights and Development (CEFRAD), have the potential to serve as a critical mechanism of oversight.

  1. APCOF Publication, 60
  2. Interpol Country Profile Seychelles http://www.interpol.int/Member-countries/Africa/Seychelles
  3. Police Force Act of 1959, section 40.
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Seychelles General 2013 Seychelles says crime figures for 2012 being assessed. Police on right track as trends lead downwards Source
Seychelles General 2012 Seychelles Human Rights Journalist Faces Trumped Up Charges By State Prosecution Source
Seychelles General 2011 2010 Human Rights Report; Seychelles Source
Seychelles General 2008 Seychelles: 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Source
Seychelles General 2007 Human Rights in Seychelles: October 2006 Police Repression and the Judge Reilly 2007 Inquiry and Report. Source