The only State disciplined forces in Kiribati are a unified national police force, with prison and quarantine powers, and the coast guard. Defense assistance is provided by Australia and New Zealand. The police force does not report to any ministers but rather directly to the President of Kiribati.
The Kiribati Police Service is an independent body with one police officer for every 222 people (total staff over 500 with strength approximately 458 sworn members).
The police operate the RKS Teanoai II (301), a Guardian-class patrol boat provided to Kiribati by Australia. The vessel is registered and stationed in Tarawa.