The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Ordinance 2012  (RIPO) and associated Codes of Practice have been introduced to provide a formalised regime for the regulation of covert enforcement activity by the Police and Customs operating within the Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs) of Cyprus.


RIPO provides designated officers with the power to authorise entry on or interference with property (but not residential premises, any building or land within the curtilage of a building), directed surveillance (referred to simply as covert surveillance in RIPO) and the use of a CHIS. There is no power to authorise intrusive surveillance. Any authorisation for property interference must be referred to the OSC’s Surveillance Commissioners for notification or prior approval as would be the case for any public authority in the UK.


The Chief Surveillance Commissioner, Sir Christopher Rose, has been appointed as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner under RIPO. His Surveillance Inspectors and/or Assistant Surveillance Commissioners will undertake an annual inspection of the use of RIPO powers within the SBAs and he will make a report of his findings to the Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.