Svalbard is its own police district. The Governor has the same authority as a chief of police on the Norwegian mainland. This includes prosecuting authority in Svalbard.
The police in Svalbard have the same responsibilities as the Norwegian Police Service on the mainland. The police are fully integrated into the national police systems that cover operational and investigative requirements.
The Governor of Svalbard is on duty 24 hours a day. Together with carrying out investigations and criminal proceedings, rescue services and emergency preparedness are important parts of the police’s sphere of responsibility.