New statistics complied and released this week by British newspaper The Independent has revealed that Russia and Turkey are the most policed countries in the world, holding the highest number of police staff per capita than another other nations.
Russia was ranked number one, with 564.6 police personnel per 100,000 people – meaning approximately 1 in every 200 people in Russia works in the police.
Turkey came second in the rankings, with 474.8 police per 100,000 people.
The list also revealed the top ten countries with the highest police population, which included countries such as the Czech Republic, Italy and Algeria.
Although the British newspaper did not offer reasons for the countries’ higher police population a number of suggestions were put forward by online commenters.
Russia has famously maintained a strong police force in recent years and is well known for employing police to crackdown on criminal activities within the country. Turkey also is well known for its regular use of police force and has previously come under fire from the international community for excessive policing, including the unfair handling of several protests that took place in 2013 and 2014 that many described as ‘brutal’.