Law enforcement in Brunei


The Royal Brunei Police Force, RBPF (Malay: Polis Diraja Brunei (PDRB)) was founded in 1921 with the passing of the Brunei Police Force Enactment. The police force is in charge of prisons, fire services, the issuing of licenses, immigration, and keeping law and order in the streets. The RBPF has been one of the 190 members of INTERPOL, an intergovernmental organisation worldwide since 1984.

With a force of more than 4,400 officers, the RBPF is responsible for keeping law and order and providing law enforcement services. The mandate for the RBPF in keeping the law in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam includes the prevention, detection and investigation of crime, collection of criminal intelligence, traffic control, escort duties (VIPs, cash, prisoners), sea and border patrol, public order, riot as well as public event control. [1]


RBPF Timeline

1906 Secondment of Police officers & personnel from the Straits Settlement.

1909 Insp. S.G Crummy was appointed as CPO.

1917 Ch/Insp. G.C. Mc Afee took over as CPO.

1921 Brunei Police Force Enactment was passed.

1923 Police duties were expanded to cover fire services, prisons, immigration, registration of motor-vehicles, issuing of driving licences, and miscellaneous licences, registration of aliens etc.

1942-1945 Brunei Police Force were placed under the Japanese Military Administration.

1950 Police HQ was moved to Kuala Belait and the CPO was answerable to CP Sarawak.

1950 CID was established.

1951 Brunei Police Force established its own Training Centre at Seria.

1957 Brunei Police band was set up and led by R.E.House.

1958 Immigration Department was established.

1959 Brunei Constitution required the Sultanate to have its own Commissioner of Police.

1960 Land Transport Department was established.

1960 Reserve Unit was established to replace Sarawak Field Force Platoon.

1962 Brunei Police Force involved in defending the country against rebellion caused by the PRB.

1965 28th Ruler of Brunei consented to present a Royal Brunei Standard to the Brunei Police Force.

1967 Police Training Center was established at Jalan Aman, Berakas.

1971 Celebrated Golden Jubilee.

1971 2nd Royal Standard was bestowed by the 29th Ruler.

1974 DYTM Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibol Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Haji Mohamed Bolkiah appointed as the Honorary Commissioner of Police.

1974 Women Contingent was established.

1975 HM Sultan consented to appoint YTM Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajjah Masnah as the "Commandant of Women Police" and YTM Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajjah Nor'ain as the "Deputy Commandant of Women Police".

1975 First Bumiputera officer appointed as Commissioner of Police (YAM Pengiran Setia Raja Pengiran Haji Jaya bin Pengiran Haji Rajid)

1984 Became member of INTERPOL on September 4th and ASEANAPOL.

1992 Participated in UNTAC mission in Cambodia.

1993 Participated in COMSA mission in South Africa.

1993 Special Branch was disbanded and three-fourth of the personnel were absorbed into the newly formed Internal Security Department.

1995 RBPF reorganised its administrative structure.

1996 RBPF celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

1997 Created additional Police District known as Jerudong Police District and upgraded its Traffic Division into Traffic Department.

2013 Royal Brunei Police Force 92nd Anniversary on January 1st since its establishment.

See also

External links

  • Official site
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