The Malta Police Force

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The Malta Police Force
Il-Korp tal-Pulizija ta' Malta
Common name Il-Pulizija
Motto Domine Dirige Nos
Lord, Direct us
Agency overview
Formed July 12, 1814
Jurisdictional structure
National agency MT
Operations jurisdiction MT
Size 316 km²
Population 445,426[1]
Primary governing body Republic of Malta
Secondary governing body Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security
Operational structure
Headquarters Police General Headquarters, Pjazza San Kalcidonju, Floriana FRN 1530, Malta

Police Officers 1,900
Minister responsible
  • Michael Farrugia[2]
Agency executive
  • Lawrence Cutajar[3], Commissioner of Police
Emergency Telephone Number 112
Crime Stop Line 119

The Malta Police Force (Maltese: Il-Korp tal-Pulizija ta’ Malta) is the national police force of Malta. It falls under the responsibility of the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security and its objectives are set out in The Police Act, Chapter 164 of the Laws of Malta. Presently, the force is made up of around 1,900 members. The RIU (Rapid Intervention Unit) is another section which is part of the police force. [4].


Founded on July 12, 1814 by Sir Thomas Maitland, the then governor of Malta, the Maltese Police Force is responsible for the main island of Malta, as well as neighbouring islands of Gozo and Comino which also come under Malta's jurisdiction, the total population being around 400,000.[5]

Despite its small size, the Maltese Police Force is organised into a number of departments, with human resources matters being held by the Strategy and Planning Office, and fiscal issues being dealt with by the Finance Office.

An office for the Divisional Police Force Units administers Malta's 12 police districts, with three sub-departments of the Crime Investigation Department assisting with serious crimes, drug-related crimes and financial crimes.

These mainstream departments are also supported by a Forensic Science Laboratory, Vice Squad, and Economic Crimes Unit, Legal Office and a Protective Services for VIP escorting and security as functions and protests.

Furthermore, a department known as The International Relations Unit coordinates activities with EUROPOL, INTERPOL (since 1971) and the Schengen Information System, and is tasked with exchange of information.


Maltese police officers do not normally carry firearms while on standard patrol, but routinely carry pepper spray and batons as weapons. Special units carry firearms including SMGs.

On April 28, 2018, 10 new squad vehicles were added to the fleet, at an investment of €130,000. Minister Michael Farrugia pledged 50 more new vehicles.[6]


  1. ^ "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security "Minister's CV". Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Cyprus Police Official Website "Chief of Police CV". Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Malta Police Force, Government of Malta
  5. ^ 2005 Census of Malta. Retrieved on May 9, 2007
  6. ^ Officers get 10 new squad cars as police force unveils new branding, Times of Malta, April 28, 2018

External links

  • Malta Police Website
  • History of the Malta Police Force
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