Akrotiri - Police Certificates / Police Clearance Certificate
Police Certificates only contain information relating to the applicant. Please note that the certificate may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed.
The Police Certificate provided by ACRO covers the whole of the United Kingdom. Applicants who have lived abroad may be required to provide evidence of good character, or to disclose their previous criminal history in that other country. Advice should be sought from the relevant Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or other organization that is requesting a Police Certificate.
It can be applied by:
- Individuals and authorized personnel only.
- Third party representation is given only to close family members or friends.
- Anyone who has lived in Akrotiri for any length of time, regardless of nationality.
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Applicants need to apply to their local regional Police Force where they used to live for a certificate.
The Sovereign Base Areas have their own Police Force who have primary jurisdiction over all criminal offences committed in the SBAs.
The SBA police operate to UK standards wherever practicable and in this regard training and development is often provided directly by officers and teams from UK forces.
If you live inside or outside the United Kingdom, you must apply through the Criminal Records Office of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
- Full names of parents
- Full name
- Date of birth and place of birth
- Passport number and place of issue
- Current and Permanent address
- Reason for request
- Contact your local police for a copy of the records they hold about you.
- You have the right to ask your local police for a copy of the records they hold about you. This is called a ‘subject access request’.
- You may need to show a copy of your records to the local police if you move to another country.
- Your local police will tell you how to apply.
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- Birth certificate
- Identity card or passport
- Two passport-size photographs (one must be certified)
- Proof of current address
Payment can only be made by cheque, bankers draft, bank transfer or Postal Order. Your payment must be in Pounds Sterling (No other payee details will be accepted). You can arrange for someone else to pay the fee for you if necessary.
There is no set period of time for which the Police Certificate is considered to be valid. The Police Certificate is only truly accurate on the date of issue. Embassies or High Commissions will usually require you to produce a Police Certificate which has been issued less than six (6) months before your visa interview.
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SBA Police Station Akrotiri
Divisional Commander, SBA Police, Akrotiri, BFPO 57
Telephone: 2596 7227
Fax: 25 96 7229
Email address: SBAPOLICE-DCW@mod.uk
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Proof of current address
Proofs of address can be anything official that has reached you at your current address and bears your name. We accept copies of documents from "official bodies" e.g. bank statements, letters from a GP, letters from a school or college, utility bills, phone bills etc. Ideally they should be for different months and in either case should not be more than six months old.
If you do not have proof of your current address, the following can be accepted:
Two proofs of the address in the name of the householder dated within the last 6 months, together with a letter written by the householder confirming that you have no proofs in your own name but that you reside with them.
Or two documents taken from the following list, which have been issued within the last 6 months:
- A letter from your employer, on company headed paper confirming your current address as per their records.
- A tenancy agreement, rent payment receipts or a letter from a letting agent confirming your current address.
- A driving license, ID card or passport page showing your current address.
- A letter from your bank on headed paper confirming your current address as per their records.
The certificate details whether or not the applicant has a criminal record and is required as part of the visa process by the respective High Commission or Embassy.
The Sovereign Base Areas cover approximately 98 square miles of land surface and they are located in the south coast of the island of Cyprus. The Akrotiri Base (Western SBA) covers 47.5 square miles whilst, some 60 miles to the east, the Dhekelia Base (Eastern SBA) covers 50.5 square miles and contains three Republican enclaves. WSBA abuts the Republic of Cyprus, whereas ESBA additionally abuts the north of the island and the United Nations buffer zone. The territory of the Republic of Cyprus separates the two parts of the Sovereign Base Areas.
The SBA have their own Police Force who have primary jurisdiction over all criminal offences committed in the SBAs.
Although funded totally by the Ministry of Defence, the SBA Police are an independent Police Service with jurisdiction under Sovereign Base Areas law and are not connected with the Ministry of Defence Police.
The SBA police operate to UK standards wherever practicable and in this regard training and development is often provided directly by officers and teams from UK forces. The following departments and units exist within the force.
- Criminal investigation
- Criminal Justice
- Support Services
- HM Prison
- Operational Intelligence
- Management Services
- Personnel Services
- Information Technology
- Clothing and Supplies
- Motor Transport
- Accident Investigation