Which Country Has the Most Policemen?

Number of Police Officers (persons), 2012 or latest
Law & Crime | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 61 countries in 2012, India ranked the highest in number of police officers with 1,580,310 persons followed by Russia and USA. On the other end of the scale was Iceland with 759 persons, Luxembourg with 1,736 persons and Malta with 1,902 persons.

Data for more countries are available at Number of Police Officers indicator page.

Number of Police Officers Unit 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Brazil persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 359,754 300,677 345,922 332,647 275,571
France persons ... ... ... ... 241,998 238,478 228,402 243,900 211,262
Germany persons ... 250,284 250,353 247,619 245,752 243,625
India persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,406,020 1,425,180 1,473,600 1,557,500 1,580,310 ... ...
Indonesia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 389,341 ... ...
Italy persons ... ... ... ... 324,339 225,520 225,077 293,591 276,256
Japan persons ... ... ... ... 254,600 256,200 256,100 257,100 258,000
Mexico persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 423,314 420,698
Nigeria persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 312,223 345,023 ... ...
Russia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 879,177 894,692 900,029 894,478 779,846 ...
Spain persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 209,163 214,920 224,099 231,818 241,267
Thailand persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 213,507 ... ... 202,135 205,516 ... ...
Turkey persons ... 325,738 329,533 341,770 351,250 362,710
USA persons ... ... ... 683,396 699,850 708,569 706,886 705,009
Ukraine persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 166,912 ... 171,599 178,870 176,705 ... ...