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Royal Oman Police

Shurta 'Uman as-Sultaniyyah

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[Police Flag (Oman)] ~4:5   image by Željko Heimer, 15 November 2002
N.B. there is an Arabic inscription missing in the lower scroll
Flag adopted 1973



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Description

The police flag is described and illustrated (with a photograph of an actual flag) in the Royal Oman Police website:

The Police Flag was created on 1973. It is a rectangle divided by vertical lines into 4 rectangles. Three of these rectangles with light [i.e. narrow] equal bases in area with the colors of the national flag. The green color is near to the post [i.e. hoist] followed by the red color, then the white color. The last rectangle is blue color with a wide base, in its middle is found the Royal Oman Police banner [i.e. emblem] in white. The flag of the Royal Oman Police is hoisted on all the buildings of the different formations of ROP together with the national flag.
There is a good image of the Royal Oman Police emblem here. I believe the emblem is not exactly like that in Album des Pavillons 2000 [pay00]. Also, the emblem on the flag incorporates a second, straight scroll beneath it, with some short Arabic inscription. Maybe it stands for 'Sultanate of Oman' or it might be the name or number of a certain unit.

The ROP website says, "the Royal Oman Police is distinguished from other police forces in many countries by being also responsible of the tasks and responsibilities of customs", so I guess the police flag could be considered as customs flag as well.

Santiago Dotor, 13 November 2002

The main scroll on the badge does indeed say Royal Oman Police (Shurta 'Uman as-Sultaniyyah) but the secondary (lower) scroll on the flag does not appear to say Sultanate of Oman (Saltanat 'Uman). It is too small to read, and when I enlarged it it just got blurred, but it looks to me as if the first and last elements of the text are numbers, the second one (on the viewer's left), beginning '13--'. Since the period when the ROP was established was in the 14th Islamic century, I would bet what we have here is a date, xx month 13xx. Just a guess.

Joseph McMillan, 13 November 2002


Police / Coast Guard Ensign

[Police Ensign (Oman)] 2:3
image by Željko Heimer, 15 November 2002
N.B. there is an Arabic inscription missing in the lower scroll

The police ensign [bears a similar] emblem to the new naval ensign, but all in white and without anchor (...), on the same dark blue field but adding at the hoist three thin (ca. 10% of flag length) vertical stripes, green, red and white and a small white fouled anchor in the lower fly. Source: [Album des Pavillons 2000.

Ivan Sache, 18 December 2000

The police flag is used as ensign by coast guard vessels, as can be appreciated in these (first, second and third) images from the ROP website, but with something on the bottom fly — probably an anchor, as in [Album des Pavillons 2000.

Santiago Dotor, 13 November 2002

In Correction 3 to the Album des Pavillons 2000 [pay00], the emblem does not show any scrolls and the crown is shown proper. This may actually be a simplification by the Album illustrator. Note also that police vessels use the National flag as a jack.

Željko Heimer, 31 Mar 2012


Police Badge

[Police Badge (Oman)]
image by Santiago Dotor


Police Colours

There is a Royal Oman Police Colour at the bottom of this image which looks like the national flag with a blue fly and the police emblem centred on the latter. I would not think this was an earlier police flag, since apparently the current one was designed in 1973 and this picture does not look that old. Rather it seems that a different design is used for unit Colours. The Colour of the Police Academy uses further different design, rather like the second one but with a completely different emblem, can be seen here.

Santiago Dotor, 13 November 2002