Top 10 Best Police Forces in The World

Have you ever thought which are the best police forces in the world?

A police department is the one who is responsible of keeping peace in your area. Grabbing all the law breakers and fighting against the evil are primary goals of a police department.

Everyone talks about the corruption and brutality of the police forces, but no one praises their abilities and sacrifices, which they made to save our lives. Being a policeman is one of the most dangerous job in the world. Which police force is better in the world right now? we did some detailed analysis here.

There are some parameters a police force can be judged. There could be some stats to speak for some of the more efficient police forces in the world. Some of the parameter to measure the progress of a police force is considering its ability to tackle crime, resources and efficiency, public protection, protecting vulnerable people, implementation of neighborhood policing, lowest expenditure on them, fewest cops per 100,000 population, fewest shots fired by them in a year and fewest people beaten, shot and killed, satisfaction and fairness and local priorities.

Here we have enlisted some of the best police forces in the world upon their progress.

10-CHP – California Highway Patrol – USA

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is a law enforcement agency of the U.S. state of California. The CHP is responsible to patrol all over California highways and also acts as the state police.

The California Highway Patrol is the largest state police force in the United States, with more than 11,000 employees, 7,500 of whom are sworn officers. This police force is equipped with the latest fleet of motorcycles, cars and aircrafts.

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After the September 11, 2001 attacks the CHP became responsible for securing and patrolling a number of possible terrorist targets in California State. These sites include government buildings, nuclear power plants and important infrastructure sites. The CHP also uphold a SWAT team on 24‑hour standby to infiltrate any terrorist activity.

9-Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Canada

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RCMP was founded in 1920, is both national and federal police force of Canada. Royal Canadian Mounted Police provides law enforcement not only at federal level but also covers 8 provinces of the Canada. As a Canada’s national police force, RCMP is responsible to enforce federal law in the whole country and maintain law and order situation. RCMP is equipped with latest tools to reduce crimes. So far their track record is good and they maintained a good law and order situation in Canada. Some details of RCMP are given below.

  • Employees          28,640
  • Vehicles               8,677
  • Patrol vessels      5
  • Fixed-wings        32
  • Helicopters         10

8-Metropolitan Police Service- England


The Metropolitan Police Service (Met) was founded in 1829. The Metropolitan Police Service is responsible for law enforcement in Greater London. Met has a very good track records against criminals. Metropolitan Police employed 48,661 full-time staff. This included 31,478 on oath police officers, 13,350 non-police personnel, and 3,831 non-sworn police community support officers. This number excludes the 5,479 Special Constables, who work part-time. The annual budget of Met is Annual budget £4.1 billion. This makes Metropolitan Police largest in UK and one of the biggest in the world. Met obtained a fleet of 8000 vehicles used for different operations, including:

  • Area cars
  • Incident response vehicles (IRVs)
  • Traffic units
  • Protected carriers
  • Control units
  • Armoured multi-role vehicles
  • General purpose vehicles
  • Training vehicles
  • Miscellaneous vehicles

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7- AFP – Australian Federal Police – Australia

Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Australian Federal Police (AFP) was founded in 1979. AFW is responsible to implement criminal law in Australia and protect national interest in both Australia and overseas. There is a total of 6746 staff in the AFP. This figure does not include state police. Annual budget of AFP is AU$1.8 billion.

In a report leaked by wiki leaks Australian Federal Police was found involved in taking the services of a very infamous hacking company.

Australian Federal Police is very active and playing its role very effectively in maintaining peace in Australia. Currently AFP focusing on below areas.

  • Organized crime
  • Money laundering
  • Illicit drug trafficking
  • Organized people smuggling
  • Serious major fraud against the Government
  • Human Trafficking, including sexual servitude and human exploitation
  • Preventing, countering and investigating terrorism
  • Transnational and multi-jurisdictional crime
  • High Tech Crime involving information technology and communications

6- NYPD – New York City Police Department – USA

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  • Employees: 51,000
  • Annual budget: $4.8 billion

The New York City Police Department – NYPD or NYCPD, officially the New York City Police Department. NYPD was established in 1845 and is the largest municipal police force in the United States. It covers area around 468.9 square miles (1,214 km2) under its jurisdiction. NYPD is responsible to protect population of 8,405,000 people.

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Number of initiatives has been undertaken implemented. Since their implementation, a dramatic decrease of more than 80% in violent crime and a remarkable improvement in quality of life has resulted. The following initiatives represent some of the more noteworthy and successful programs instituted by the NYPD.

  • The COMPSTAT (Crime Analysis) Process
  • Twelve New Police Strategies
  • Crime Reduction Principles
  • Vehicle Safety Check Points
  • Truancy Sweeps
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Enhanced Intelligence Gathering
  • Suspect Background Identification

NYPD also offer good salary package. Rookie cops in the NYPD paid a base salary of $41,975 per year. NYC operates nearly 27,000 vehicles. These include 8,839 Police cars, 11 police boats, 8 Helicopters 120 horses, 31 German Shepherds and 3 Bloodhounds Dogs.

5-The People’s Armed Police Force – China

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The PAPF consists of the internal security force and various police forces. The border public security, firefighting and security guard forces are also components of the PAPF. The People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF) is charged with the fundamental task of safeguarding national security, maintaining social stability and ensuring that the people live and work in peace and contentment.  Total size of the Chinese police force is between 1.1 to 1.5 million. The main responsibility of People’s Armed Police Force is to maintain peace and eradicate criminals in the Chinese society. The most common crimes are money laundering, drug trafficking, corruption, human trafficking, fraud, and circulation of fake currencies.

It is estimated that around 1.5 billion people live in china. It is not an easy task to maintain law and order situation among so many people. While stats show that china has been very successful so far to keep and maintain peace and criminal less society. In Crime Index for Country 2015 report china is at 74th position in the world, while United States is at 45th.

One thing that plays a very important role in maintaining the public order is a policy called Grid Management. An area would be divided into many blocks, in every area there would be lot of regular patrol police, surveillance cameras and employees from local committees. The objective is to solve the problem before it happen. Therefore, the society is under constant and tight control all the time, especially in big cities. Chinese government holds a very hawkish stance against crimes.

Crimes like rape, robbery would be severely punished, mostly death sentence. Most shockingly, Acts of Hooliganism were also considered as ‘serious’ crimes, such as senseless trouble making, mass fighting, women humiliating, and other acts that pose a threat to the public order. As per their performance PAPF is ranked at 5th place in the list of 10 best police forces in the world.

4-New Zealand Police

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Formed in 1840 New Zealand Police is responsible of authorizing criminal law, improving public safety, keeping up the order and maintaining the peace all through New Zealand. With a staff of 11,413 employees, New Zealand Police is the largest law enforcement agency in the country. From implementing criminal law to maintaining national security and traffic to commercial vehicle enforcement, New Zealand Police is responsible of everything.

New Zealand Police officers do not carry firearms during standard patrol. All police officers normally carry pepper spray and batons. New Zealand police is equipped with latest tools like teaser and drones to perform their duties more efficiently. We ranked the New Zealand police force at 4th in the list of best police forces in the world.

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3- Federal Police – Austria

Federal Police – Austria

Austrian federal police was formed in 2005 by merging Gendarmerie (Formal unit of police). Police force Austria is responsible to maintain crimes, local security and border control. With an employee force of approximate 20,000, Federal policies performing really well. It is Federal police efforts that Austria came at 3rd place in the list of most peaceful countries in the world. Austria police is equipped with all the latest security weapons to overcome any situation. Austrian federal police is ranked at 3rd place amongst the best police forces in the world.

2-Garda Síochána – Ireland


Ranked at 2nd place in the list of best police forces in the world, Garda Síochána, meaning “the Guardian of the Peace”, formed in 1922. More commonly referred to as the Gardaí, “Guardians”, is the police force of Ireland. The Mission of An Garda Síochána is working with Communities to protect and Serve. Some stats of Garda Síochána are given below.

  • Employees          16,328
  • Budget                 €1.426 billion

You will be surprised to know that only 20-25 % of Irish policeman know how to use firearm. Mostly Individual “Gardaí” has been equipped with ASP extendable batons and pepper spray. Despite all this Ireland has very low crime rate than United States.

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1-Icelandic Police – Iceland

Icelandic Police – Iceland

Icelandic Police formed in 1778 covering an area of 103,000km2.

Well the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland and you will be surprised to know that Iceland police shot first time in 2013, on a man in the history of this country. The man first injured two police officers with his shotgun. National Police Commissioner instantly apologized to the man’s family publically.

Icelandic police officers carry only batons and pepper spray while on duty, they are trained in the use of firearms and are issued firearms in some situations.

The total population of Iceland is 329,100. One 3rd of its population carries firearms. The crime ratio in Iceland is very low. It is because of the strong welfare system and effectively maintaining law and order situations by Icelandic police. On such amazing performance Icelandic police topped the list of best police forces in the world.

Top 10 Best Police Forces in The World

  1. Icelandic Police – Iceland
  2. Garda Síochána – Ireland
  3. Federal Police – Austria
  4. New Zealand Police
  5. The People’s Armed Police Force – China
  6. NYPD – New York City Police Department – USA
  7. AFP – Australian Federal Police – Australia
  8. Metropolitan Police Service- England
  9. Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Canada
  10. CHP – California Highway Patrol – USA
  • Jake

    NZ police? Really?
    Has some of the worst clearance rates for homicides and burglaries in the world, in part due to inadequate funding and incompetent CID personnel, and have response times that exceed 15 minutes,

    Hardly a world-class police force.

    • Knowles2

      This article really lack details to really decide who is the best of the best. I suspect the British police would be further up the list otherwise,

      • NewYorker

        @@Knowles2:disqus MET has many other best competitors.

        • Knowles2

          Measure against what through?

          Personally I measure them against how good their public relations, number of complaints, number of crimes resolved, preventing large scale trouble and rioting at demonstrations, very very few of them ever end in any trouble, how they handle large events such as football matches. how quickly they respond to crime, and probably dozens of others things.

  • Brian Wilson

    Texas Rangers beat out CHP any day of the week and twice on Sunday!

    • Kilrain

      At least the Texas Rangers investigate crimes. The CHP are a HIGHWAY PATROL whose job is traffic enforcement. They do not investigate crimes such as murder, robbery, rape, assault, etc. Their job is enforce traffic laws and they are very good at that however unless it is a DUI, stolen vehicle or some other traffic related infraction/misdemeanor/felony, they aren’t really a “police” force.

  • Nick

    Why china police is there

    • xina-hao

      Just because they are best.

  • Mike Tadrous

    What a joke of an article…always a political agenda with these idiots….#1 police is the one who can’t help with anything but a baton when people are really in danger???WHATTTTTTT…pathetic

    • Reykjavík

      @miketadrous:disqus I didn’t find any political agenda here, Instead some racism from your point of view. A country which has only 1 event throughout their history that police shot on a person, Surely have the best police in the world.

      • David Keith

        Passive people. Nothing to do with the police.

  • David Keith

    This list is a joke. They hired a kid to make this up. 4th best is a force with batons and pepper spray? Sounds like a gay pride parade.

    • Travis

      @disqus_3XME6N5sbm:disqus Why burning ?Americans are still down ranked whatever you do.

  • shuttlecocker

    I can’t believe the German Police wasn’t listed among the best. Them and the Italian Police were once considered among the best.
    What happened?

    • peprika

      It was once, But things has changed now.

      • shuttlecocker

        @peprika thanks, I guess so. I must be living in the past, the good old days!

  • Teri Brown

    Ha. This is a joke.
    EVERY country who needs help with crime calls the NYPD.
    They are the best.
    No one calls Iceland or Ireland.
    Clearly anti gun people created this list.
    Runners up would be RCMP and Scotland Yard.

    • Aedan Aodhan

      “EVERY COUNTRY” now this statement is a joke.
      By the way which country is requesting help from NYPD?
      Scotland Yard is a metonym of the Metropolitan Police Service.

  • impaler

    The best police force is the one thats least used…but seriously, icelandic police vs police that need to deal with murders on a daily basis? Get real. At what point does experience factor into this list?

    • Franky

      Police is here to maintain peace. If someone does that he should be at top. Period!

      • impaler

        No. doesnt mean they are good. It just means there might be little to no crime because the citizens are respectful and has nothing to do with the police force itself.

  • Jorge Leal

    This is Bullshit what about Policia Federal and Fuerza Civil of Nuevo Leon?

  • Mac

    What utter nonsense. Whoever wrote this drivel hasn’t got a clue.

  • Garn

    What a fucking joke, as an employee of number 6. They shouldn’t make the list by any means. NYPD sucks.

    • Frankinstan

      And people are crying here that NYPD should be at number-1.

  • Bud Dickman

    CHP #10??? Now that is funny.

    • DIckMom

      Yes very true. They don’t even deserve to be in Top 10.

  • Michael Broughton

    Total Bullshit AND anybody else never heard of InfotainWorld? Sounds like a porn site. Actually I now feel sorry for those “supposed” unarmed officers because now that you have published this list they better gun-up and GET qualified as I’m sure that the Islamic community is listening.

  • Matthilda

    I somtimes translate for refugees. Nothing inportant but somtimes going to doctors and suche. Well hearing some peoples storys of how it is in the contrys they are fleeing from will send chils down any person backs. I feel extreamly lucky with my police. They have given me a lift in a snow storm and They are not corupt. I dont know anywon that has been killed by police. But I know refugees that had to flee the contry becaus there children wher witnes to police killing and did not dear going home to get ther pasports ore mony. They just left all. Ran. . I am graitfull

  • Hannes Þórisson

    Regarding Iceland in the text it is written “One 3rd of its population carries firearms”. That is false, there are strong law against any kind of firearms carrying, you are of course allowed to transport your firearm from one place to another. For example your home to the nearest range or hunting grounds. There are almost 1 gun per 3 person in Iceland but almost only for hunting. Rifles and shotgun most common with some target pistols and other types of firearms.

    • Uri

      Total population of Iceland= 320,000
      Number of privately owned firearms: 90,000

      320,000/90,000= 3.5

      Check your maths again Hannes.

      • Emilkr

        What’s your point, Uri?
        Hannes said that there is almost 1 gun for every three inhabitants. What is wrong with his math?
        His main point is that no one actually carries a gun unless on hunting grounds and on shooting ranges which hardly meets the definition of “carrying an gun”.

      • Hannes Þórisson

        Well no one carries firearms. They own there is a diffrence.

  • Clay99

    There is no evidence for anything said in this article. It sounds like personal opinions.

  • Julia Kennedy

    This list should be called ’10 random police forces’. The Irish police, Garda Síochána, are about 30 years behind other forces with their technology. Whistleblowers in the force are persecuted, governance and supervision is poor, and a lack of will inside and outside the force to modernise. Countless scandals and coverups. How can a police force that’s not fit for purpose be the 2nd best in the world? Second worst maybe.

  • John Fung

    What is people’s armed police force in china. Is there an unarmed police force in the world? I think the writer knows nothing about china, the fact is there are so many law enforcement organizations in china even the chinese themselves don’t know. The fact is these organisations or so called ‘Kok On’ (national security guys) always disregarding laws, they are good at suppressing their people and recently they go kidnapping people from thailand and hong kong.