Peace Police

I was rolling on the floor laughing, literally in tears, last night upon hearing the explanation why the police in Iceland are not armed: They have made an agreement with the local criminals that if they won’t carry arms, the police won’t either.

Is there such a place in the known universe?

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10 Responses to “Peace Police”

  1. Margret Says:

    It’s working.. so.. shut up!

  2. Josh Mullaly Says:

    That IS REDICULOUS. ALL COS WILL DIE SOONER OR LATER IF U THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Josh Mullaly Says:

    That IS REDICULOUS. ALL COPS WILL DIE SOONER OR LATER IF U THINK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Chris Says:

    Actually, Icelandic police officers DO carry firearms. The issued sidearm is the Glock 17. They also have access to the H&K MP5 submachine gun, Mossberg 500 shotguns and the Steyr SSG 69 sniper rifle for tactical situations.

  5. Bob "A" Says:

    that “they’ve made an arrangement with the criminals” is absurd… as is that “all cops will die”…

    actually it’s simply a question of a much less violent society where, to the best of my knowledge, there is little gun possesion.

    Police in Finland didn’t carry guns when I was there in the 1970s and 1980s… they surely do now because of a large influx of organised gangs from Russia and the Baltic States after the fall of the USSR

    only about 10% of British Police carry sidearms, but they’re surely available when needed.

    If you read “No country for Old Men”… the Sheriff remembers when old time Sheriffs didn’t carry sidearms in West Texas…

    I think the simplest observation is that Iceland, like the UK is an island and doesn’t have a tunnel that goes off island… where are the crooks going to run to… you can’t really hide and you can’t run …

    Pax!

  6. Þorsteinn Says:

    This is not correct, no they dont carry SIDEARMS, but they have guns in the trunk if im correct, and they have never made a deal with the crooks about anything like that, that’s just absurd.

  7. gunnar Says:

    the have m16 i think so they should be ok

  8. Þorsteinn Says:

    @Chris.

    Not correct. Only SWAT members are allowed to use weapons if need be.

    @Chris Mullaly, as i said before, they don’t carry sidearms, yes. But they NEVER, i mean NEVER made such an agreement with the crooks. We have SWAT members around the country who carry weapons when needed. Since we don’t have that many Gun or knife call there is really no reason for the normal Officer to carry a weapon. Well now these calls are increasing since we have been getting a lot of Polish people here.

  9. Ollie Says:

    Yes and here in Britain people are changing their mind and demanding an armed force.

    We have too many Germans and Poles here.

    And please author of this webpage the car pic is in the way of most of the writing.

  10. Matt Says:

    Irish police (Gardai) are not armed, all they are issued with weapon wise is an ASP EXTENDABLE BATON. Pepper spray is due to be issued later this year.


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