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6 Countries In the World Where Police Do Not Carry Guns

Unarmed police personnel may appear strange to people in many countries, yet there are more than 6 countries and one US territory with such a police force. There are far fewer homicides committed by armed police in Europe's Norway, Ireland, Iceland, and the majority of the United Kingdom than in comparable countries that have police that carries guns. Arming law enforcement officers with guns, as these countries believe, only leads to an increase in violent crime and gun-related homicides.

Unarmed police are employed by three-quarters of the island governments in the southern Pacific, including New Zealand. Twelve of the 16 Pacific island nations do not arm their police personnel, preferring instead to win and keep the public's respect, acceptance, and cooperation rather than to induce fear through the threat of force in their citizens. Rather than relying on a large number of arrests, this model relies on a preventative approach that focuses on calming tensions and addressing the underlying causes of crime, like poverty, addiction, and mental illness.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has the greatest population on this list, with a permanent population of more than 66 million, an additional 500,000 international students each school year, and a revolving tourist population of an additional 37 million. Many people are shocked to learn that the United Kingdom's police force is primarily unarmed despite its status as a political, social, and economic superpower. In truth, the British have worked under the principle that cops should be approachable as protectors of the citizens rather than hunters of criminals from the first established enforcement units of the 19th century. When asked about carrying firearms while on duty, 82% of police officers said no thanks. This is true even when officers may have felt threatened while on patrol. As a result, the number of deadly interactions between police and suspected criminals in the UK is significantly lower than in any other G7 country.


Directly comparing the number of fatal police shootings in Norway to the 328 million-person population of the United States does not produce a balanced study with a population of 5 million people. An expert comparison of police shooting deaths in the U.S. states with a similar population, geographic size, and resource economies such as Minnesota (61 fatal shootings), Mississippi 65), and Colorado 110 fatal shootings) shows that Norway has four times the number of police deaths since 2015. 198 fatal shootings. Norwegian authorities say that their low fatal shooting rates are not only due to a predominantly unarmed police force but also to consider training for law enforcement in a country where policing is regarded as an elite career. Each year, the police department accepts fewer than 15% of the qualified applicants that apply. To become a police officer, candidates must complete three years of bachelor's degree work, a year of ethics and society study, a year of shadowing officers, and an investigational research thesis.


Patrol personnel on this island nation never carry firearms, even though it is the 15th most militarized country in the world, per capita. Pepper spray and extendable batons are used instead. As many as a third of Icelanders own a shotgun or rifle, and police officers being well-trained in firearms use, can be issued one under certain conditions. Criminal activity is extremely rare, even though the majority of the population carries a firearm for hunting purposes. When a police officer shot and killed a suspect for the first time in the country's history, it was a historic moment.


When compared to its neighbors, Botswana is the only African country on this list that doesn't have armed police forces. It is uncommon for patrol officers to carry firearms, even though all officers are trained and given firearms as part of their job duties. As a result of Botswana's rigorous gun prohibition legislation, the country's law enforcement agencies follow suit. However, officers are armed with batons that can be expanded and pepper spray.

New Zealand

After a series of high-profile shootings in New Zealand, the country implemented stricter gun legislation. Only the dog squad, the airport, and the Diplomatic Protection Squad are allowed to carry weapons as part of their uniforms. While the remainder of the force is well-trained in guns, many patrol officers prefer to conduct vehicle or foot patrols without a gun on their person, preferring to keep AR-15 rifles in locked crates in their trucks.


According to this list, only about 20 to 25 percent of the force in Ireland has firearms training. In contrast to detectives and other specialist groups, the rest of the police patrols without firearms. According to Eurostat, Ireland has the lowest murder and crime rates in the EU.

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