A 90-Year Transformation into Community Policing

29 Mar 2023

As the Maldives Police Service celebrates its 90th anniversary, it is a time to reflect on the transformation of the service over the years. From its early days as a small force with limited resources, the Maldives Police Service has evolved into a modern, community-oriented policing organization that places the safety and well-being of its citizens at the forefront of its mission.


In the early days of the Maldives Police Service, the focus was on maintaining order and enforcing the law in a rapidly changing society. Policing was seen as a necessary but often harsh and authoritarian force, with officers viewed as intimidating figures rather than community protectors.


Over time, however, the Maldives Police Service recognized the need to change its approach to policing. As the country became more diverse and complex, and as new challenges emerged, it became clear that a more friendly and community-oriented approach was needed.


One of the most significant changes in recent years has been the introduction of neighbourhood policing. Under this approach, officers work closely with residents and community organizations to identify and address local concerns. By building relationships with residents and engaging in open and honest dialogue, officers have been able to establish trust and create a sense of mutual respect and understanding.


This approach has been hugely successful in reducing crime and improving community safety. By focusing on early intervention and prevention, officers are able to address issues before they become more serious problems. They are also able to work proactively with local residents to identify and address underlying issues that contribute to crime and disorder, such as poverty, unemployment, and social isolation.


Perhaps most importantly, neighbourhood policing has helped to foster a sense of community ownership and responsibility for public safety. By empowering residents to take an active role in shaping the policing service and by providing opportunities for engagement and collaboration, the Maldives Police Service has been able to build strong partnerships with communities across the country.


As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Maldives Police Service, it is clear that the service has come a long way since its early days. With its commitment to community-oriented policing, the Maldives Police Service has become a trusted partner and protector of the people it serves. As we look to the future, we can be confident that the service will continue to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of our communities.