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Turks & Caicos (UK)

INTERPOL Manchester’s Sub-bureau for Turks and Caicos
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The Governor observes the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations with senior representatives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force

Mission:

To protect life and property, prevent and detect crime and maintain peace.

Vision:

To make the Turks and Caicos islands a safe and secure country.

Values:

Respect, transparency, compassion, integrity, professionalism and fairness.

Motto:

As with all UK Overseas Territories, Turks and Caicos has its own constitution, government and local laws.  Territory constitutions set out the powers and responsibilities of the institutions of government, which include the appointment of a Governor, an elected legislature and ministers. Governors are appointed by the British Monarch and have responsibility for external affairs, defence and internal security, including ultimately the command of the national police force. 

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) is headed by a Commissioner of Police who answers to the Governor.  RTCIPF was established in 1799, making it one of the oldest Caribbean police forces.  Today it has a strength of more than 270 police officers serving a population of more than 31,000 people living across 270 km² of archipelago cays and islands.  

RTCIPF serves all of the inhabited Turks and Caicos islands, namely:

  • Ambergris Cay;
  • Dellis Cay;
  • North Caicos;
  • Middle Caicos;
  • Parrot Cay;
  • Pine Cay;
  • Providenciales (counting for 85% of the population);
  • Salt and Grand Turk;
  • South Caicos.

RTCIP Structure:

Five Divisions:

  • Headquarters Division;
  • Two Divisions (A and B) which each have law enforcement responsibilities for specific Islands and Cays;
  • Marine Division;
  • Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

INTERPOL Manchester’s Sub-bureau for Turks and Caicos

Located on the island of Providenciales, INTERPOL Manchester’s Sub-Bureau for Turks and Caicos (SB) is part of the CID’s Joint Intelligence Unit (JIU). SB staff include an Inspector who is also in charge of the JIU, an INTERPOL network security officer, technical staff and a contact officer.

The Sub-Bureau is the essential link between RTCIPF and INTERPOL's international law enforcement community. It serves as the contact point for all INTERPOL investigations relating to Turks and Caicos or requiring RTCIPF action.

The Sub-Bureau is the designated contact point for the General Secretariat, Regional Bureaus and INTERPOL member countries requiring RTCIPF assistance, criminal intelligence or data for international investigations and the location and apprehension of fugitives.

The Sub-Bureau works with other SBs and NCBs worldwide on a daily basis, processing international requests for cooperation and criminal data checks.  It helps countries globally to identify suspects involved in international investigations, checking stolen travel documents or stolen vehicle data connected to crimes involving the Turks and Caicos islands. It provides investigative support to RTCIPF investigations or data checks requiring international police outreach.