Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Norway. 2010 ‘Use of Force by the Police.’ Armed Violence in Norway: Incidence and Responses, p. 20. Oslo: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1 May
The Use of Force by the Police
The Norwegian police are unarmed in the daily conduct of their tasks. The police may use armed force in exceptional circumstances, and all officers receive training in the use of firearms as part of their regular education.
The use of arms is regulated by special instructions issued by the Ministry of Justice and the Police. The instructions contain provisions for required training, set out the conditions for the use of arms and the procedures for reporting on incidents involving the use of arms.
All use of armed force by police officers requires prior consent by the local or regional chief of police. In general, permission for or an order to the use of arms will be given when:
- Concrete information gives reason to believe that police officers may confront an armed person
- The task is perceived as particularly dangerous for the involved officers
- The nature of the task necessitates arming for other reasons
- The Ministry of Justice and the Police has consented to, or ordered, that arms may be used under particular circumstances or for particular tasks.