A team of two Australian Federal Police (AFP) members and two local special constables provide a community policing service to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
In addition to all mainland community policing duties, which include court duties and enforcing Western Australian legislation, police members provide the following ancillary functions:
- Customs duties
- search and rescue coordination
- marine patrol
- emergency management
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the Indian Ocean 2768km north-west of Perth and 3685km west of Darwin. The islands are a group of 27 islands in a horseshoe-shape surrounded by a coral reef in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia.
The island group consists of several main islands although only two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited.
The climate is tropical with high humidity and temperatures ranging from 23 to 30 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall is 2000 millimetres a year falling mainly from January to August. The south-east trade winds blow most of the year producing pleasant weather conditions. Cyclones may occur during the early months of the year.
More information is available on the website of the Attorney-General’s Department.