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Isle of Man Constabulary
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Logo of the Isle of Man Constabulary.
Agency overview
Formed September, 1863
Annual budget £15 million[1]
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Crown dependency of Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Isle of Man Constabulary area
Size 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi)
Population 80,000
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Douglas
Sworn members 200
Agency executive Mike Langdon, Chief Constable
Divisionss 5
Stations 10
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Isle of Man Constabulary (Manx: Meoiryn-Shee Ellan Vannin) is the organisation responsible for policing the Isle of Man, an island of 80,000 inhabitants situated equidistant from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.



The force has about 200 officers in its establishment being the national police service of the Isle of Man. As the Isle of Man is not a part of the United Kingdom, the Constabulary is responsible to the Minister of Home Affairs of the Isle of Man Government. Nevertheless, the service volunteers itself for inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) for England and Wales.

In terms of uniform, the force looks very similar to police in the United Kingdom, apart from the custodian helmets worn by male constables and sergeants. White helmets were introduced in 1960 as a summer alternative to the older black helmets (partly for tourism reasons).[2] White helmets were used as a summer option in other police forces (including Brighton, Southend-on-Sea and Swansea Borough Police, Peterborough City Police, the Metropolitan Police's band, and the New Zealand Police), but this practice ceased in the UK in 1969 and in New Zealand in the 1990s.

Every year the force police the Isle of Man TT races.

The Chief Constable is Mike Langdon with the Constabulary's headquarters being in the Manx capital, Douglas.

The Force is split into 5 Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Northern NPT covers the North of the Island - Ramsey, Andreas, Kirk Michael. Western NPT covers St Johns and Peel. Southern NPT overs the Airport, Ballasalla, Castletown, Port St Mary and Port Erin. Eastern NPT covers Braddan, Union Mills, Laxey, Lonan, Baldrine, Onchan and Willaston along with the outskirts of Douglas. Douglas NPT covers the majority of Douglas including the Town Centre and shopping areas along with the Harbour. Each NPT is controlled by an Inspector who has established a "Partnership" with the local community to help solves issues affecting the local area.

During the tenure of Mike Culverhouse, the force was involved in many scandals,[3][4] including the Manx Bugging Scandal and almost all senior officers except the Chief Constable were either suspended, retired or dismissed.

Rank structure

The rank structure of the Isle of Man Constabulary follows the practice of United Kingdom county (as opposed to London) territorial police forces, except that there are no ranks of Chief Superintendent or Assistant Chief Constable. There are usually three Superintendents, taking responsibility, respectively, for local neighbourhood policing, island-wide policing, and motorsport policing - the latter post being largely due to the Isle of Man TT racing and associated motorsports activities.

Isle of Man Police ranks
Rank Police
Sergeant Inspector Chief
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For a comparison of these ranks with other British police forces see Police ranks of the United Kingdom.

Chief Officers

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