North Cyprus benefits from a modern and well-equipped police force that carries out various tasks apart from just crime fighting. The police force has traffic, immigration, drug and fraud divisions for example, and visitors to North Cyprus will be pleased to know that they are very quick to deal with any crime committed against tourists – although rest assured, such crimes are very infrequent.
The police force of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus reports to and is overseen by the Security Council and Ministry of the Interior, with the Commander in Chief sitting on the Council along with representatives from the Ministries of Interior and Defence and the President too.
There are police stations located in all the main cities and towns, although villages usually have to rely on their nearest town for a police station and service. It is probably worth mentioning that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus also assists other countries when they are investigating their nationals who may be residing in North Cyprus.
If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in any situation which requires the assistance of the police, you can rest assured that they will do all they can to help you. You may also find that local Turkish Cypriots will try to help you too, translating and accompanying you to a police station if necessary for example.
Please make a note of the number for the police as outlined below and which is applicable to where you’re staying when in North Cyprus, or in serious cases, contact the emergency number:
Emergency Police Number : 155
Police Nicosia Tel: 228 3311
Police Kyrenia Tel: 815 2014
Police Famagusta Tel: 366 5310
Police Guzelyurt Tel: 714 2140
Police Karpaz Tel: 381 2325