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Karp, Aaron. 2005 ‘The Count Continues: Stockpiles.’ Small Arms Survey 2005: Weapons at War; Table 3.2, p. 78. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1 July

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Estimating Police Inventories

Table 3.2: Multipliers derived from various police forces

Country: Year - Personnel - Firearms - Firearms per person
Belgium: 2000 - 17,767 - 23,870 - 1.3
Japan: 2004 - 240,000 - 250,000 - 1.0
Norway: 2000 - 7,500 - 9,000 - 1.2
United States: 2000 - 641,000 - 831,000 - 1.3

Sources: Belgium, Norway, United States: Small Arms Survey (2001, p. 70 - 71); Japan: Answers to the questions of the Small Arms Survey National Stockpiles Questionnaire by the Conventional Weapons Division of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, August 2004.

As the figures in Table 3.2 illustrate, when the majority of serving police officers are armed, police forces tend to stock in the region of 1.2 firearms per person.

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