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  • Member since :
    19 September 2005
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Royal Bhutan Police

The Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) is Bhutan’s national police force.  Created in 1965 and headquartered in the capital Thimphu, the force is part of the country’s Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

RBP Mandate:

  • Law enforcement and maintenance of public order;
  • Crime prevention and detection;
  • Criminal investigations;
  • Execution of court warrants;
  • Protection of people and property;
  • VIP protection;
  • Traffic control;
  • Fire Fighting Services;
  • Prison services.

The RBP is commanded by a Chief of Police who answers to the Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs. He is assisted by an additional Chief of Police and four Deputy Chiefs who are each responsible for different branches in the Police.

The Royal Bhutan Police comprises 13 field police divisions, 34 police stations, and nine border control posts.  The RBP also has two training centers, one for qualified police officers and another for junior recruits.


Answering directly to the Chief of Police at the RBP headquarters, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Bhutan is part of the Investigation Bureau.

The role of NCB Thimphu is to facilitate the exchange of confidential police data between the RBP and the international police community, using INTERPOL's secure global police communications network I-24/7. One of the NCB’s major objectives is to assist the RBP in tracking down fugitives and fighting regional, transnational and international crime.

The NCB provides RBP investigators with the information they need to carry out their investigations and make the link with criminal activity in countries around the world. With its hand-on access to INTERPOL's wide range of databases, INTERPOL Thimphu has a key role to play in assisting the RBP combat international crime, particularly in cases of cybercrime, money laundering, counterfeiting and fraud.

The NCB works closely with national partners – such as Customs, Immigration and Forestry – in making national borders as secure as possible by sharing data on wanted persons and stolen and lost travel documents.

NCB Staff

  • Two technicians;
  • Four mail operators;
  • One information researcher;
  • One National Security Officer;
  • Two investigators.
INTERPOL Thimphu in action
18 February 2013

Bhutan hosts international conference on protection of cultural property in Asia co-organized with INTERPOL

THIMPHU, Bhutan – More than 80 participants from various International and Bhutanese government agencies, police and customs services, cultural institutions and the private sector have attended an international conference on protection of cultural property in Asia, jointly organized by Bhutan’s Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the INTERPOL Genera...
13 November 2012

Protection of cultural property focus of Bhutan Police Chief visit to INTERPOL

LYON, France - Chief of the Royal Bhutan Police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel, underlined his country’s commitment to transnational police cooperation by presenting the Government of Bhutan’s offer to host an international conference on the protection of cultural property, during his visit to the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters today.The proposal fo...
29 July 2012

INTERPOL wildlife operation results mark Global Tiger Day

LYON, France – INTERPOL is marking Global Tiger Day with the announcement of an operation aimed at protecting this iconic species and other big cats threatened with extinction and targeting the individual and organized crime groups behind the illicit activity.Operation Prey, conducted across Bhutan, China, India and Nepal led has so far led to nearly 40 a...

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