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  • Member since :
    19 September 2005
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Royal Bhutan Police

To make Bhutan a safe place to live and work.

To maintain law and order, prevent crime and protect people and property.

Law enforcement services in Bhutan are provided by the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP). Created in 1965 and headquartered in the capital Thimphu, RBP is part of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

RBP Mandate:

  • crime prevention, detection and investigation;
  • fire protection;
  • law enforcement;
  • prison services;
  • protection of people and property;
  • public order;
  • traffic control;
  • VIP protection.

RBP is commanded by a Chief of Police who is assisted by an additional Police Chief and four Deputy Chiefs. 

Made up of 13 field police divisions, 34 police stations, and nine border control posts, RBP serves a population of more than two million people living across 47,000 km2. The RBP has two training centers, one for qualified police officers and another for junior recruits.


Headed by the Deputy Chief of Police, RBP’s National Investigations Bureau is made up of two divisions:

  • Intelligence and Investigation;
  • INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Bhutan.

INTERPOL Thimphu facilitates 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.

The NCB serves as the unique platform for international police investigations involving Bhutan.  It provides domestic police officers with the information they need to carry out investigations on regional, transnational and international crime. 

With its hand-on access to INTERPOL's wide range of databases, INTERPOL Thimphu has a key role to play in assisting the RBP tackle international crime.

INTERPOL Thimphu’s priority crime areas include:

  • cybercrime;
  • illicit goods and counterfeiting;
  • fraud;
  • fugitive investigations;
  • money laundering.

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

All foreign visitors to Bhutan have their identity checked against INTERPOL’s databases for wanted people and stolen and lost travel documents by INTERPOL Thimpu. NCB staff also has direct access to Bhutan’s national immigration database.

NCB Staff

  • Two technicians;
  • Four mail operators;
  • One information researcher;
  • One National Security Officer (NSO);
  • Two crime investigators.
INTERPOL Thimphu in action
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
20 April 2016

Bringing key INTERPOL players to the forefront of international policing

Nothing illustrates the quality of a service more powerfully than the testimony of its users. With INTERPOL’s 12th annual Heads of National Central Bure...
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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