List of countries and dependencies by number of police officers

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The following list compares the size of national police forces and police per head. Note that in some countries, particularly those organised under a federal system, such as the US and Canada, the total number of police officers may be much greater because sub-national governments employ significant numbers. In 2006, an analysis by the United Nations indicates an approximate median of 300 police officers per 100,000 inhabitants.[1] Only nine countries disclosed values lower than 100 officers per 100,000 inhabitants.[1] The highest median of police officers – around 400 – was observed in West Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe.[1] The median of police officers per population remained stable between 2002–2006, after an increase between 1995 and 2002.[1]

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Country or dependency Size Year Police per
100,000 people
Algeria Algeria 160,000[2] 2009 396
Albania Albania 9,900[3] 2013 325
American Samoa American Samoa (US) 200[4] 2012 350
Andorra Andorra 237[5] 2012 303
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 600[6] 2012 695
Argentina Argentina 244,683 2000 558[7]
Australia Australia 49,242 2009 202
Austria Austria 27,500[8] 2012 314
The Bahamas Bahamas 3,000[9] 2012 793
Bangladesh Bangladesh 205,000[10] 2018 125
Barbados Barbados 1,394[11] 2013 489
Belarus Belarus 30,970 2010 325[12]
Belgium Belgium 37,840[13] 2017 333
Belize Belize 1,300[14] 2012 345
Bermuda Bermuda (UK) 469[15] 2012 757
Botswana Botswana 8,500[16] 2012 381
Brazil Brazil 436,514 2014 211[17]
Brunei Brunei 4,400[18] 2012 1,068
Bulgaria Bulgaria 24,283[19] 2015 339
Cambodia Cambodia 64,000[20] 2012 409
Canada Canada 67,425[21] 2017 188
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands (UK) 343[22] 2012 567
Chile Chile 30,300[23] 2012 257
China China 1,600,000[24] 2007 115
Colombia Colombia 150,000[25] 2012 306
Comoros Comoros 500[26] 2012 62
Cook Islands Cook Islands (New Zealand) 100[4] 2012 552
Costa Rica Costa Rica 14,500[27] 2012 296
Croatia Croatia 20,000[28] 2012 477
Cyprus Cyprus1 5,263 2012 621
Czech Republic Czech Republic 40,500[29] 2012 383
Denmark Denmark 11,000[30] 2015 192
Dominica Dominica 506[31] 2013 709
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 32,000[32] 2012 317
Ecuador Ecuador 40,000[33] 2012 240
El Salvador El Salvador 21,900[34] 2012 335
England/Wales England and Wales (UK) 122,404[35] 2018 208
Estonia Estonia 4,424[36] 2012 336
Finland Finland 7,300[37] 2016 132
Fiji Fiji 1,970[4] 2012 227
France France2 220,000[38] 2012 340
French Polynesia French Polynesia (France) 220[4] 2012 80
The Gambia Gambia 5,000[39] 2012 265
Ghana Ghana 23,000[40] 2012 83
Greece Greece 54,657 2012 503
Grenada Grenada 900[41] 2012 871
Germany Germany 308,400[36] 2017 372
Guinea Guinea 10,000[42] 2012 77
Haiti Haiti 12,000[43] 2012 108
Hong Kong Hong Kong (China) 33,956[44] 2017 462
Hungary Hungary 36,104 2015 366
Iceland Iceland 653[45] 2016 196
India India 1,926,000[46] 2017 150
Indonesia Indonesia 579,000[47] 2012 222
Iran Iran 60,000[48] 2012 75
Republic of Ireland Ireland 12,000[49] 2012 252
Isle of Man Isle of Man (UK) 236[50] 2013 279
Israel Israel 28,633[51] 2015 345
Italy Italy 276,750 2012 456
Jamaica Jamaica 8,600[52] 2012 315
Japan Japan 251,939 2006 198
Jordan Jordan 25,000[53] 2012 256
Kenya Kenya 95,000[54][55] 2017 203
Kiribati Kiribati 458[4] 2012 403
Kuwait Kuwait 18,000[56] 2012 430
Latvia Latvia 7,000[57] 2012 357
Lesotho Lesotho 2,404[58] 2012 125
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein3 91[59] 2012 241
Liberia Liberia 4,100[60] 2012 100
Lithuania Lithuania 10,957 2012 333
Luxembourg Luxembourg 1,603 2009 278
Macau Macau (China) 4,101[61] 2012 628
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 11,688[62] 2017 564
Malaysia Malaysia 102,000[63] 2012 320
Mali Mali 7,000[64] 2012 38
Malta Malta 1,902 2012 443
Marshall Islands Marshall Islands 130[4] 2012 236
Mexico Mexico 470,676 2009 366[65]
Monaco Monaco 500[66] 2012 1,302
Montenegro Montenegro 4,210 2012 677
Montserrat Montserrat (UK) 76[67] 2012 1,544
Federated States of Micronesia Micronesia 500[4] 2012 486
Myanmar Myanmar 93,000[68] 2012 170
Nauru Nauru 80[69] 2012 793
Nepal Nepal 60,000[70] 2012 193
Netherlands Netherlands 55,000[71] 2012 381
New Caledonia New Caledonia (France) 268[4] 2012 99
New Zealand New Zealand 11,000[72] 2012 232
Niger Niger 8,700[73] 2012 41
Nigeria Nigeria 350,000[74] 2012 187
Niue Niue (New Zealand) 16[4] 2012 1,088
Northern Ireland (UK) 6,813[75] 2015 372
Norway Norway 11,000[76] 2012 210
Palau Palau 75[4] 2012 417
Palestinian National Authority Palestinian Authority 85,000[77] 2005 1,250 [77]
Panama Panama 12,000[78][79] 2012 314
Pakistan Pakistan 354,221[80] 2011 181
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 5,311[4] 2012 65
Peru Peru 104,000 2009 330
Philippines Philippines 170,000[81] 2017 160
Pitcairn Islands Pitcairn Islands (UK) 2[82] 2015 1,754
Poland Poland 100,000[83] 2012 258
Portugal Portugal 46,083 2012 445
Romania Romania 60,000[84] 2014 303
Russia Russia 756,859[85] 2016 515
Saint Barthélemy Saint Barthélemy (France) 11[86] 2012 116
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha4 (UK) 69[87] 2012 924
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis 450[88] 2012 973
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia 947[89] 2012 509
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 691[90] 2012 628
San Marino San Marino5 160[91][92][93] 2012 484
Scotland Scotland (UK) 17,296[94] 2014 324
Sint Maarten Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 370[95] 2012 967
Samoa Samoa 500[96] 2012 256
Serbia Serbia 45,000[97] 2012 635
Singapore Singapore 40,000[98] 2012 713
Slovakia Slovakia 24,230 2012 446
Slovenia Slovenia 7,170[99] 2017 264
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 1,442[4] 2012 224
Somalia Somalia 5,532[100] 2012 43
South Africa South Africa 156,489[101] 2012 279
South Korea South Korea 99,060[12] 2004 195
South Sudan South Sudan 52,000[102] 2012 428
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 89,000[103] 2012 424
Spain Spain 249,907 2012 533
Eswatini Swaziland 4,164[104] 2012 367
Sweden Sweden 19,741[105][36] 2017 195
Switzerland Switzerland 17,630 2012 210
Thailand Thailand 230,000[106] 2012 337
Turkey Turkey 412,624 2012 524
Tonga Tonga 418[4] 2012 427
Togo Togo 4,000[107] 2012 55
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 6,500[108] 2012 481
Tuvalu Tuvalu 72[4] 2012 676
Ukraine Ukraine 152,000[109] 2014 356
United States United States 913,161[110] 2015 284
Uruguay Uruguay 17,997[111] 2013 517
Vanuatu Vanuatu6 575[4] 2012 207
Vatican City Vatican City 130[112] 2012 15,439
Wallis and Futuna Wallis and Futuna (France) 20[4] 2012 170
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 50,000[113] 2007 351
Total sum: 12,435,974 Rate: 1 officer / 604 civilians

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