Belfast Harbour Police has a long and proud history. For over 160 years our officers have exercised their full constabulary powers to create a safe and secure environment for all those who work, live or socialise within Belfast Harbour Estate.
Established in 1847, the Belfast Harbour Police (BHP) is one of the oldest police forces in the British Isles.
Belfast Harbour Police has full constabulary powers, along with additional powers granted through Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Bye Laws. BHP provides a uniformed and highly visible policing service together with a Criminal Investigation Department, Crime Prevention Advice, Emergency and Event Planning and Maritime Port Security. Officers provide 24-hour, 365 response cover to incidents and requests for assistance throughout the 2,000 acre Harbour Estate - an area which equates to one fifth of the size of the City of Belfast.
In compliance with the International Ship and Port Security Code, Port Security Regulations and European Union Legislation BHP is responsible for the provision of policing and security to shipping and maritime assets in Belfast Harbour. In addition to uniformed police, BHP employs contracted security services who provide assistance with call-handling, perimeter and cruise ship security. BHP’s purpose is to deliver an effective and efficient policing service for the Belfast Harbour Estate and Port community with a focus on community partnership, crime prevention, detection and road safety.
In recent times the service has been strengthened and modernised to better support the challenges and opportunities arising from new security legislation and the Harbour's urban regeneration projects.
In an emergency call Belfast Harbour Police on 02890 553000