There are no Icelandic military forces, and never have
been, neither army, navy nor air force. There is, on the
other hand, a police force on land and on sea, the State
Police, the Coast Guard and the Customs.
Since 1 January 1972, all policemen in Iceland are
members of the State Police. Until that time, there had been
both municipal and state police services. The total
number of policemen in Iceland (2006)
was about 710.
In the Capital, police duties are divided between the Chief of the
National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Reykjavik
Police Commissioner. The NBI is responsible for the
investigation of all major criminal offences in the
Reykjavik area and assist other police districts in the
country in technical matters and in serious and difficult
The NBI is in charge of the Icelandic National Central
Bureau (NCB) of INTERPOL. There is no national police commissioner. The country is
divided into 27 police districts. Each police commissioner
is independently in charge of the execution of police tasks
in his district. Government responsibility for the police rests with the
Ministry of Justice.
Police commissioners in Iceland must have a law degree.
Outside Reykjavik, police commissioners are also directors of
customs and they carry out other functions for the state,
such as tax collection. These officials are called district
Policemen in Iceland are not armed except with a small baton or
nightstick. However, the Reykjavik police force has a
special squadron trained in the use of firearms and in
operations against armed individuals or other violent
The Reykjavik Police Commissioner is the head of the Immigration
The address of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police is
Telephone: +354 444 2500 Fax: 354 444 2501
Reykjavík police, for information only,Tel.:+354-444 1000
Emergency phonenumber in Iceland is 112. (24 hours).