Police Purchased Guns For 16 Million ISK In Last 10 Years - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Police Purchased Guns For 16 Million ISK In Last 10 Years

Published February 18, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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According to documentation provided by the Ministry of the Interior, the Icelandic Police has bought guns for approximately 16 million ISK in the past ten years.

The dossier was published following a request from Left-Green MP, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, about information on the acquisition and use of guns in the Icelandic police force.

In all, 19 glocks are kept in 11 squad cars across Iceland. The Icelandic Police’s Special Forces have access to a larger variety of weapons in their cars, though they are called out for more serious cases.

No guns were purchased by the Icelandic police in the years 2007, 2010, and 2011.

Last year, the police purchased two gas pistols but in all, since 2004 the police has acquired:

– 74 Glocks
– 42 MP5 9mm submachine guns
– 7 Blaser Hunting Rifles
– 1 Mossberg rifle
– 2 Remington pump action shotguns
– 2 gas pistols

Last year 225 policemen and women were trained to use weapons. Additionally some police officers practiced using the MP5 submachine guns.

The distribution of guns across police departments varies, but the Metropolitan Police in Iceland’s capital have the most, roughly 113 guns out of 240.

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