Our Powers

General Powers of the Commission

The commission shall have the power to do all things necessary in accordance with this Act and the regulations made thereunder,in order to achieve the objectives outlined in Section 2 of this Act, including the following.

  1. To acquire, possess and use all equipment, devices and things necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the Commission;
  2. To establish the procedures for enforcing this Act and carrying out the responsibilities of the Commission and to establish the standards for the investigations carried out by the Commission in various cases;
  3. To submit a case to the Maldives Police Service or Prosecutor General's Office for them to investigate and proceed, if the Commission in its own investigation finds that criminal charges must be brought against respondent;
  4. To seek technical assistance in order to assist the Commission is carrying out its responsibilities and to set up task forces in relation to cases being investigate by the Commission;
  5. To compel witnesses to appear before the Commission and to obtain witness testimony from witnesses;
  6. To hold hearings, if the Commission deems that hearings should be held in relation to ongoing cases;
  7. To determine whether or not the public should be given access to a hearing or part of hearing held by the Commission.

Responsibilities of Commission

The responsibilities of the Commission are as described below.

  1. Investigate unlawful acts of Law Enforcement Agencies and employees of Law Enforcement Agencies and to investigate if any party submits a complaint that an act that may be deemed unlawful has or is committed;
  2. Investigate, under its own discretion, without any information or complaint being submitted by a third party, if the Commission becomes aware that a Law Enforcement Agency or an employee of such agency has committed an unlawful act or if the Commission believes or suspects that such an act has been committed;
  3. Investigate and take necessary action regarding complaints made against an officer of the Commission for acting in the commission of an unlawful act or being negligent in carrying out assigned responsibilities;
  4. Submit relevant reports to Law Enforcement Agencies of investigations that are carried out in regard to complaints made by the Minister in charge of the Law Enforcement  Agencies and in investigations initiated by the Commission on its own accord;
  5. Refer cases to the Maldives Police Service or the Prosecutor General’s Office where the Commission believes that criminal charges should be brought against the respondent;
  6. Obtain additional information from other state agencies, which are needed for investigations carried out by the Commission and to notify state agencies in matters of their interest;
  7. Make recommendations to regulations or policies of Law Enforcement Agencies to prevent issues, that are investigated by the Commission, from recurring;
  8. Visit police stations, jails and other institutions to assess and ascertain if work done by Law Enforcement Agencies are in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations and issue directives in instances where needed;
  9. To develop integrity of employees of Law Enforcement Agencies and to prevent them from criminal misconduct;
  10. Formulate and publish policies outlining duties, responsibilities, scope of work and on integrity and functioning of the Commission;
  11. Form relations, seek opportunities, aid and ways to attain assistance from other countries, regional and international organizations in the work done to strengthen the work of Law Enforcement Agencies and to find ways to secure the benefits from such relations, enter into agreements and carry out all necessary activities in relation to such matters;
  12. To formulate, amend and revise policies to strengthen the work of Law Enforcement Agencies, at a national level and to introduce and conduct plans, projects and policies designed to implement the national level policies at the state agencies and to advise and instruct state agencies on the steps, policies and standards to be introduced in those agencies, and to monitor the compliance and to evaluate their effectiveness;
  13. Conduct seminars, discussions and other programs to educate and create awareness among the employees of Law Enforcement Agencies and conduct and publish research on the methods used by the employees of the Law Enforcement Agencies in their conduct of unlawful activities and the reason for such activities.
  14. Publish, to the general public, an annual report comprising of the work done by the Commission, once a year.