Danish Police
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyKingdom of Denmark
Operations jurisdictionKingdom of Denmark
Governing bodyRigspolitiet
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersCopenhagen Police Headquarters
Police Officers11.360 [1]
Civilian Employees5.423 [1]
Yamaha Patrol Motorcycle
Mounted police officers
Police line made by caution tape
Mercedes Sprinter mini-bus

The Police of Denmark (Danish: Politiet, Faroese: Løgreglan, Greenlandic: Politiit) is the Danish National Police force, and the interior part of the Danish security forces (the Danish military being the exterior) in the Kingdom (The Danish Realm: Denmark (proper), Greenland, Faroe Islands). The police are empowered to enforce the law and to effect public and social order, as well as being responsible for border control.[2]


The police of Denmark consists of 12 districts each managed by a director and two minor districts in Greenland and the Faroe Islands, run by a local chief of police. The district of Copenhagen is somewhat differently organized due to its size and tasks.[citation needed]

Besides the regular districts other organizations exist that work outside the general police:



Historically Danish police wore a red uniform until 1863, when it was replaced by dark blue with a crested helmet.[3]

The modern common uniform is a light blue shirt with the police insignia on the sleeve. Usually a tie is also worn. Rank-insignia is worn on the shoulders. The trousers are dark blue with reflective patches. Black shoes are also included in the standard uniform. Special tactical suits are made of flame-resistant materials and are worn in situations requiring such equipment. The tactical suit also includes a protective helmet.[citation needed]


For daily duties, the patrol-vehicles are white with yellow and green reflective stripes and dog-patrols are mostly dark blue with white stripes. They generally have 3 blue lights and a spotlight on the top. The word "POLITI" painted on the side in clear reflective paint. The most commonly used patrol vehicles are Volvo V90, which is the newest addition for dog patrols, Volkswagen Passat, Mercedes-Benz GLB and Volkswagen Touran, with 2.0 litre engines. Unmarked cars are usually fitted with engines with a size of around 1.6 to 2.2 litres. The unmarked cars is almost identical to the normal fleet. Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Touran, and a variety of different Mercedes-Benz models are used. Toyota Landcruiser and VW Touareg are used by the special Romeo unit (or referred to in Danish as Reaktionspatruljen) The vehicles have black tinted and reinforced windows. Small detachments typically use VW Transporters, while Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit mini-buses are used in larger operations, which require a lot of manpower (demonstrations, football matches and larger civil unrests). In extreme events, a variation of the MB Vario is used. It is generally known as the Dutchman's vehicle (in Danish Hollændervogn). This name derives from the fact that these vehicles are kitted out in the Netherlands as light APC's with reinforced windows, wheels and metal parts and fire-resistant coating. They are used both as light APCs in event of demonstrations or public disturbances, and as general transportation of large numbers of detainees.[citation needed] Other vehicles in use are the Mercedes-Benz Vito (used by both Central Patrol Leaders, a kind of on-street watch commanders) and Nissan Patrols used by the mounted police squads with a horse carrier attached.[citation needed]

The traffic police also use unmarked vans for automatic traffic control. These are primarily VW Transporters, Mercedes Benz Vitos, Toyota Hiaces, but others are used as well.[4]

Some rural police officers use civilian vehicles with a dismountable magnetic roof beacon.[citation needed]

For traffic regulation and VIP and ambulance escorts motorcycles are also used, primarily Yamaha FJR1300A, Honda ST1300a,[5] and Ducati Multistrada V4S.


The standard service handgun is the H&K USP Compact 9mm pistol. For special tasks the H&K MP5 sub-machine gun is used. Officers are also equipped with batons and pepper spray cans.[6]

In November 2023, it was announced that the Danish Police had adopted the SIG Sauer P320 chambered in 9x19mm, to replace the H&K USP Compact 9mm pistols currently in service. [1]

Law about police enforcement

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The operation of Danish police is regulated in the Act on Police Enforcement (da: Lov om politiets virksomhed), commonly known as The Police Act (da: politiloven) of 20 August 2015.[7]

Its first section states that:

"The police must work to ensure security, safety, peace and order in society. The police must promote this purpose through prevention, assistance and enforcement."

The second section states that other areas of police jurisdiction include:

  1. preventing criminal actions, disturbances of the public peace and order and danger to individual citizens and public safety
  2. stopping criminal actions and investigating and prosecuting criminal actions
  3. supporting citizens in dangerous situations
  4. carrying out checking and inspecting under current rules and regulations
  5. supporting other agencies under current rules and regulations
  6. performing other tasks under current rules and regulations, as well as handling other tasks which are naturally associated with police duties.

Lastly, the third section states: "The police may in other situations than those mentioned in statutory law only interfere with citizens under this Act."[note 1]

Ranks and insignia

In Denmark, the local prosecution service is part of the police. Since 2014, only Chief Prosecutors wear uniforms; other prosecutors, such as senior prosecutors, prosecutors, associate prosecutors, and advocates, do not.

Rank Rank titles[8] Rank insignia[8] Personnel category English equivalent
1. Rigspolitichef Senior manager Police commissioner
2. Politidirektør
Direktionsmedlem i Rigspolitiet
Politimester i PET
Politimester i Grønland
Politimester på Færøerne
Senior manager Chief constable
3. Stabschef
Afdelingschef i Rigs-
Senior manager Assistant Chief Constable
Chefanklager Lawyer Chief Crown Prosecutor
Chefpolitiinspektør Police Chief Superintendent
4. Vicepolitimester i Grønland
Vicepolitimester på Færøerne
Vicepolitimester i Rigspolitiet
Police Superintendent
5. Vicepolitiinspektør Police Police Inspector
6. Politikommissær Police Police Sergeant
7. Politiassistent Police Police Constable with 12 years service
8. Politiassistent Police Police Constable with 7 years service
9. Politibetjent Police Police Constable
10. Politikadet Police Police Cadet

Military police

Danish military police

The military police (MP) in Denmark are police units within the armed forces branches. The Danish MP are a joint unit, consisting of members from each branch of the danish defense forces.

MP personnel typically wear either specific display dress uniforms with white MP shoulder markings or the branch-common daily battle dress uniforms with a red beret.

MP personnel generally do not have any legal jurisdiction over civilians in non-military locations, but only over military personnel and over everyone on military installations (also publicly accessible places such as the Holmen Naval Base in Copenhagen), in the buildings housing the Ministry of Defence, royal palaces (like Amalienborg Palace) and parts of Christiansborg Palace. On some occasions, MP personnel can provide support to the civilian police for certain tasks, but will only have slightly more legal authority than civilians, similar to the police home guard.

Police Home Guard

Police Home Guard motorcycle operator.

The Danish police can call upon assistance from a section of the Danish home guard: Politihjemmeværnet the police home guard. The police home guard consists of 47 companies, each led by professional police officers.[citation needed]

The volunteers are mainly used for traffic control at festivals, searches for victims and guarding community installations and are never used in tasks involving direct confrontation with civilians (riot control or planned arrests). These companies are part of the Army Home Guard.[9]

They wear branch-common daily battle dress uniforms, green berets and bright yellow vests with the text "POLITI HJEMMEVÆRNET" (POLICE HOME GUARD).

Members of the police home guard have slightly more legal authority than regular citizens when the service they provide calls for it, but they are always under the supervision of the civilian police.

See also


  1. ^ Though this may seem obvious, it is a precaution that clearly states that the police may under no circumstances act towards the citizens in ways not stated by law (da: hjemlet). This ensures that the police cannot make their own interpretations of laws or regulations.


  1. ^ a b "Politiets HR-Nøgletal" [Danish Police's HR Numbers] (PDF). Politi.dk (in Danish). 2021. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Annex 1: List of national services responsible for border control" (PDF). Practical Handbook for Border Guards (Schengen Handbook). European Commission. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  3. ^ Danish Police Museum, Copenhagen
  4. ^ "Fotovogne i Danmark" [Photo vehicles in Denmark]. 10-20.dk (in Danish). Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Politiet får nye motorcykler" [Police get new motorcycles]. Politi.dk (in Danish). 22 September 2005. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  6. ^ Olsen, Frode Z. (2008). "The use of police firearms in Denmark" (PDF). Politi.dk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Lov om politiets virksomhed" [Law on Police Activity]. Retsinformation.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Distinktioner I Politiet" [Danish Police rank insignia] (PDF). Politi.dk (in Danish). July 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Hærhjemmeværnet" [The Home Guard]. Vistillerop.dk (in Danish). Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 7 November 2018.