The World’s Biggest Police States

egypt police

[credit provider=”ap”]

In a recent interview, Muhamed Hassanein Heikal, a well-known Egyptian journalist and critic of Mubarak, discussed how the large police force in Egypt led to the fall of the regime:Simply put, the regime made the common mistake of those who rely on violence. When the police force grows to 1.24 million people who have access to all forms of technology, the result is excessive force that created a great illusion for the former regime about its true influence on the ground. Force is often arrogant and overestimates its influence. Here, I reference Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s The Autumn of the Patriarch to help understand what occurred in Tunisia. The tyrant was feared by everyone, but the people broke the fear barrier. The regime there was like the one in Cairo but on a smaller scale. When the people came forward, the tyrant fell quickly, just like the patriarch in Marquez’s book.

Mubarak’s police force was the largest in the world, with 1,500 policemen for every 100,000 people.

Nearby countries in the Middle East and Europe are also saturated with police, including countries that can’t afford them, like Greece.

[slideshow]
[slide
permalink=”21-mexico-1″
title=”#21 Mexico”
content=”Police force: 393,048

Police per 100,000: 366

Source: The Economist
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d66b4d749e2ae7e2a1d0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”20-france-2″
title=”#20 France”
content=”Police force: 228,402

Police per 100,000: 369

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd278faccd1d5bf0f1c0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”19-slovenia-3″
title=”#19 Slovenia”
content=”Police force: 7,779

Police per 100,000: 386

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4cbdc17cccd1d53528080000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”18-hong-kong-4″
title=”#18 Hong Kong”
content=”Police force: 27,117

Police per 100,000: 393

Source: Channel News Asia

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd279ff49e2ae1840390000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”17-zimbabwe-5″
title=”#17 Zimbabwe”
content=”Police force: 50,000

Police per 100,000: 401

Source: VOA News
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd27b204bd7c8bf26050000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”16-czech-republic-6″
title=”#16 Czech Republic”
content=”Police force: 42,117

Police per 100,000: 405

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd27bdeccd1d528161a0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”15-northern-ireland-7″
title=”#15 Northern Ireland”
content=”Police force: 7,302

Police per 100,000: 411

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4bebcd377f8b9a9b02cb0600″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”14-bulgaria-8″
title=”#14 Bulgaria”
content=”Police force: 33,800

Police per 100,000: 442

Source: Eurostat



image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b6af6670000000000d14330″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”13-croatia-9″
title=”#13 Croatia”
content=”Police force: 19,823

Police per 100,000: 446

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd28b0049e2ae8771010000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”12-greece-10″
title=”#12 Greece”
content=”Police force: 50,798

Police per 100,000: 452

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d652d0fccd1d5a331010000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”11-malta-11″
title=”#11 Malta”
content=”Police force: 1,884

Police per 100,000: 459

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd27d9dcadcbb17100d0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”10-macedonia-12″
title=”#10 Macedonia”
content=”Police force: 9,905

Police per 100,000: 484

Source: Eurostat



image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd27f69cadcbb17102c0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”10-turkey-13″
title=”#10 Turkey”
content=”Police force: 341,770

Police per 100,000: 484

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b7c103e0000000000846db8″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”9-portugal-14″
title=”#9 Portugal”
content=”Police force: 51,584

Police per 100,000: 485

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d8a4617cadcbba83c150000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”8-spain-15″
title=”#8 Spain”
content=”Police force: 224,086

Police per 100,000: 494

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d78fcbbccd1d54c5b070000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”7-italy-16″
title=”#7 Italy”
content=”Police force: 324,339

Police per 100,000: 552

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d07a196ccd1d554491c0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”6-argentina-17″
title=”#6 Argentina”
content=”Police force: 205,952

Police per 100,000: 558

Source: Understanding High Crime Rates In South America
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4b1fb9d30000000000ece093″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”5-cyprus-18″
title=”#5 Cyprus”
content=”Police force: 5,280

Police per 100,000: 668

Source: Eurostat



image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd28099cadcbb1012250000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”4-russia-19″
title=”#4 Russia”
content=”Police force: 1,383,968

Police per 100,000: 976

Source: Charter ’97
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4c7d64907f8b9aa5508f0500″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”3-brunei-20″
title=”#3 Brunei”
content=”Police force: 4,101

Police per 100,000: 1,074

Source: unodc
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd282aacadcbbdd17080000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”2-belarus-21″
title=”#2 Belarus”
content=”Police force: 138,432

Police per 100,000: 1,442

Source: Charter ’97
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dd28348cadcbbd1171f0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”1-egypt-22″
title=”#1 Egypt”
content=”Police force: 1.24 million

Police per 100,000: 1,493

Source: ahram online
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d49793d49e2ae826f050000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”bonus-43-the-united-states-23″
title=”BONUS: #43 The United States”
content=”Police force: 708,569

Police per 100,000: 233

Source: Eurostat

image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4dcbe4c8cadcbb175b070000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[slide
permalink=”the-egyptian-police-force-had-their-hands-full-in-january-24″
title=”The Egyptian police force had their hands full in January”
content=”Dramatic Pictures From The Riots In Egypt >
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4d55734649e2aee8701c0000″
caption=””
credit=””
credit_href=””
]
[/slideshow]