Brunei’s internal security is covered by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) who maintains law and order in the country. Some of their roles include collection of criminal intelligence; traffic control; escort duties (VIPs, cash, prisoners); prevention, detection and investigation of crime; sea and border patrol; maintenance of public order; as well as riot and public event control.
The Brunei Internal Security Department (BISD) was established on August 1, 1993 to monitor any potential security issues that may arise and report them to the government. The BISD works closely with the RBPF to ensure the nation’s security.
The Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy and the Royal Brunei Air Force are under the umbrella institution of The Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF). The RBAF primarily protects Brunei from any foreign threat that might challenge Brunei’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is the RBAF’s Supreme Commander. The institution also deals with counterterrorism operations and aids the maintenance of internal security repressing potential or actual insurgencies within the State.
Other institutions involved in the country’s national security include the Narcotics Control Bureau under the Prime Minister’s Office, Royal Customs and Excise Department under the Ministry of Finance, Immigration and National Registration Department under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Anti-Corruption Bureau under the Prime Minister’s Office.
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