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Waszink, Camilla. In: Faltas, Sami and Vera Chrobok (Eds.). 2004 ‘National Stocks of SALW and Ammunition.’ Disposal of Surplus Small Arms: A survey of policies and practices in OSCE countries; Chapter 5, p. 65. Bonn: Bonn International Center for Conversion, BASIC, Saferworld, and the Small Arms Survey. 1 February
National Stocks of SALW and Ammunition
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]
In total, some 14,000 SALW and 2.4 million rounds of ammunition are held in storage for the Police Force. The Police Procurement Service (PPS) controls all stored weapons and ammunition used by the Police Force.
As a standard operating procedure, the Police Force carries out its duties unarmed. Consequently, all SALW and ammunition held by the Police are normally stored in designated sites. Most stocks of SALW and ammunition are stored at the headquarters of the various police districts, while a relatively small number are stored in central facilities at the PPS.
Under certain task-related circumstances, Norwegian legislation allows the Police Force to carry weapons. The approval of high-level officials (normally the Chief of a police district) is necessary for SALW and ammunition to be signed out of storage for use during a specific task. At the end of such a mission, the SALW are returned to designated storage sites under close control by officials. All transfers in and out of storage are registered.