Police in Norway Have Not Killed Anyone in Nearly 10 Years

Police in Norway hardly ever use their guns, a new report released by the Scandinavian country’s government shows. In fact, it’s been almost 10 years since law enforcement shot and killed someone, in 2006.

Perhaps the most telling instance was when terrorist Anders Breivik opened fire in 2011 and killed 77 people in Utoya and Oslo. Authorities fired back at him, all right, but only a single time. In 2014, officers drew their guns 42 times, but they fired just two shots while on duty. No one was hurt in either of those instances.

Considering that police officers in the United States have killed more than 600 people this year alone, the report certainly is eye-opening. Of course, law enforcement officials in the United States face greater threats of violence while on duty.

Guns are not central to police activity in Norway, which is one reason why the law enforcement shooting rates are so low. As in Britain, police in Norway typically patrol while unarmed and only bear arms in extenuating situations.

In the past, experts have said that reevaluating U.S. law enforcement tactics–specifically having less of an emphasis on force and making face-to-face interactions more common–could help cut the shooting rates there, at least in the short term. A more complicated issue is the relative lack of trust in police officers in the U.S.

Sociologist Guðmundur Oddsson, speaking to Tech Insider, said Norwegians’ higher sense of trust in law enforcement was perhaps one of the reasons for the country’s low gun violence rates. “Trust is an extremely powerful mechanism of informal social control. In smaller, more ethnically homogeneous countries like Norway, building that trust is easy. People feel a sense of togetherness for many reasons, including the fact that most people look similar and hold similar beliefs,” he said.

8 Replies to “Police in Norway Have Not Killed Anyone in Nearly 10 Years”

  1. It is little but amazing what we as the world can use out of this experience maybe policing should start again be trained from home introduced at schools change the strategy of deploying than we may be on the direction to achieve good results.

  2. Norway has more than half the population with immigrant background, defined as a person who does not have both parents and 4 grandparents being born in Norway.
    That could mean that one of your parents is born in Sweden or Gambia or one of your parents is born in France or Thailand.
    That counts for more than 50 per cent of the population and includes the royal family.
    The number that is used however, counts non ethnic Norwegians backgound a person eith two parentd and 4 grandparents not born in Norway.
    Norway has 14.7 per cent of the population being immigrants – defined as immigrants and their Norwegian born children.
    The native laps are not in this group. However’, children with one Norwegian born parent and one foreign born parent is counted as Norwegian- not Norwegian with immigrant background. So the Norwegians are quite colourful.
    My own children are Norweigians, they are born in Norway I am Norwegiand and the father is Gambian.
    20.per cent of Oslo’s population have immigrant background.
    When I grew up the population was homogenous but over the years it has become much more heterogenous.

  3. Police are trained to handle situation. With a little aggression. Unless in case of Emmergency, robbery, police language is not brutality, only soldier are trained in brutality because of WAR.
    Before Police became so brutal there must be goverment enforcement, law that control their action.
    To destroy a TREE, you must DESTEOY THE ROOT.

  4. German police have not killed anymore in nearly 20 years. Well trained and organized men and women. I really love this country.

  5. https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/057GM/norge-broet-menneskerettighetene-i-obiora-saken
    Obiora, I used to see him in Trondheim/ NTNU – Dragvoll, he was not a violent person at all. I participated in a peaceful demonstration in front of the Police Station in Trondheim when we got information that he was brutally killed by the police. I remember very well the arrogance of the police when they saw us. Grateful that no other African have died in hands of the police since then. I hope that they learned from this tragic experience.
    The Death of George Floyd is a reminder that the law enforcement is suppose to work for the people, not against the people! Keep up the good work #norsk politi!

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