New legislature will allow officers to apply for Commissioner of Police

West Henveyru MP Hassan Latheef. (Photo/People's Majlis)

The government’s new legislature, the Police Service Bill, is designed to change revise the process involving the appointment of Commissioner of Police from direct appointment by the President to a process where any qualified officer can apply for the position.

The Police Service Bill, submitted to the Parliament on behalf of the government by West Henveyru MP Hassan Latheef, declares the authorities and responsibilities of Commissioner of Police, along with the appointment process.

At present, the Commissioner of Police position is not open for application, but a political appointment.

The bill establishes that the Promotion Board must open applications and conduct the vetting process in response to any situation where a Commissioner of Police must be appointed.

Commissioner of Police Mohamed Hameed. (File Photo/Sun/Mohamed Muzain Nazim)

Applicants are required to go through the vetting process which includes interviews and examinations, and to obtain a report by National Integrity Commission and the Police Professional Standard Command attesting to their qualification and integrity.


  • Possession of all attributes required of commissioned police officers.
  • Must not have committed an offense incurring a hudud punishment.
  • Must not have been found guilty of a criminal offense.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience within Maldives Police Service, and three years of experience in executive officer ranking.
  • Meeting the standards set by Promotion Board pertaining to the education, health, training and experience required of a Commissioner of Police.
  • Being free of any allegation by a State institute regarding corruption or any other wrongdoing which puts the applicant’s integrity into question.

The bill establishes that the Commissioner of Police will be appointed for a four-year tenure, upon expiry of which he/she may be appointed for another four-year tenure.

Following vetting by the Promotion Board, the Home Minister will present the President with a shortlist of candidates, from among whom the President will make his selection.

The President will still reserve the authority to remove the Commissioner of Police from power, as is allowed under the current law.

File photo of the Maldives Police Service badge displayed on the uniform of a police officer. (File Photo/Sun/Mohamed Muzain Nazim)

The new bill establishes that the President may request the Home Minister to dismiss the Commissioner of Police under specific circumstances which includes being convicted of a criminal offense, or a health reason.

The bill establishes that once it comes into effect, two new positions must be created to counsel the Commissioner of Police – the Legal Counsel of Commissioner of Police and Technical Adviser of Commissioner of Police.

According to the bill, the board which interviews applicants will be established, and its members appointed by the Commissioner of Police at the time.

The first reading of the bill has already been held at the Parliament, but the preliminary debate remains pending.