Security Officers and Police


Number of Internal Security Officers and Police is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. Police numbers are included in the GPI to reflect the security needs of a nation, as peaceful countries require fewer police to maintain and enforce the rule of law.

Definition

The Number of Internal Security Officers and Police is a quantitative measurement of the number of people in the civil police force. The civil police force constitutes personnel in public agencies whose principal functions are the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension of alleged offenders. This number is then divided by the population size to work out the number of civil police force per 100,000 people. This does not include national guards or local militia.

Scoring 

Number of Internal Security Officers and Police is scored on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being countries with the lowest number of civil police force personnel per 100,000 people, and 5 being countries with the highest number of civil police force personnel per 100,000 people.

In countries with the lowest score, the civil police force constitutes less than 200 out of every 100,000 people in the country.

In countries with the highest score, the civil police force constitutes more than 800 out of every 100,000 people in the country.

Source

Number of Internal Security Officers and Police is a quantitative measurement from the United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems. Where data is not provided, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s analysts have filled them in based on likely scores from the set bands of the actual data.

Other Global Peace Index Indicators

The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:

Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict

External Conflicts Fought

Internal Conflicts Fought

Deaths from External Conflict

Deaths from Internal Conflict

Intensity of Internal Conflict

Neighbouring Countries Relations

Societal safety and security

Perceptions of Criminality

Displaced People

Political Instability

Political Terror

Terrorism Impact

Homicide

Violent Crime

Violent Demonstrations

Incarceration

Security Officers and Police

Militarisation

Military Expenditure

Armed Services Personnel

Weapons Imports

Weapons Exports

UN Peacekeeping Funding

Nuclear and Heavy Weapons

Access to Weapons

Global Peace Index methdology 

Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report

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Global Peace Index Methodology

The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.


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