10 Most Highly Trained Police Units in the World

There can’t be that much to being a cop can there? You wear a special hat, strap on a gun or truncheon and head out onto the streets to thwart wrongdoers, spread civic virtues and help old ladies across the road.

If only life, law and order were that simple. Criminals, sadly, don’t sit still (they’re nasty like that) and are as keen to find new methods and technologies to help them go about their business as anyone else. And the police have to be at least one step ahead of them.

When Robert Peel founded the first modern police force with the Metropolitan Police Force Act of 1829, his Bobbies went out on the streets with pretty simple instructions and an emphasis on muscle over mind. These days things are very different.

1 – GSG 9 of Germany

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The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, when 11 Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists, was an international tragedy, and the German police’s unpreparedness for such an attack led to the formation of GSG 9.

GSG 9 is only open to officers with two years’ service under their belt and applicants undergo rigorous medical and psychological training before taking a 16 week basic training and a further nine weeks of specialised lessons. They must also be top marksmen. Only one in five applicants make it through the tough training programme.

Since they first got started in 1973, GSG 9 have been involved in more than 1,500 operations and have only had to use their guns five times, a great testament to their discipline and training.

39 comments on “10 Most Highly Trained Police Units in the World

  1. Rohit November 1, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    No 1., NSG,India.

    (Indian Airlines Flight 427 Anti-hijacking, Mumbai 26/11 Hostage rescue, etc,tc)No arguments.

    • johny May 30, 2014 at 10:23 am - Reply

      NSG is nt police unit , they are true pure military special units and got nothing to do with police ….elite commandos ,gt it mate !

      • Faster Vikrant September 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

        nsgs r the paramilitary police forces, nt pure military. It is one of the seven Central Armed Police Forces( CAPF) under the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs. just lyk crpf, bsf, greyhounds etc… n most of its senior officers r ips, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Guard . got it

    • Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Go eat your chicken Masla motherfucker.

    • Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      You people smell like curry.

    • Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Curry farts don’t count.

    • ssr October 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      Then gsg9 should be number 1 because gsg9 and british sas are the unit
      that help the India NSG upgrade their tactical and structure..

      • FG March 20, 2015 at 1:17 am - Reply

        British SAS are strictly military personnel (paratrooper+ scouts+grenadier)… Although they both employ similar tactics, there’s still a difference between law enforcement and the military in several abstract dimensions of dealing with hostiles and ending conflict…

        Let’s just say that when the trouble is already too much for the SWAT to handle, they call in the Delta Force…

      • Rohit June 11, 2015 at 6:34 am - Reply

        That was waay back in 1980s when the NSG first formed. Today, as of 2015, the NSG has much better performance records compared to GSG9.
        I mean, look at that German Plane Anti-hijacking operation in the 1970s. GSG9 had to take help of SAS and both together took part in the Anti-hijacking operation.
        On the other hand, when the Indian Airlines Flight 427 was hijacked in 1993, the NSG single handedly took down all the 3 Hijackers in 12 Seconds, recording the fastest Anti-hijacking operation ever performed.

  2. mini me December 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    british NCA????????????????????????????????????

    • Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      Anything British sucks. Overrated and conceded.

      • Ren Faiz July 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm - Reply

        another stupid, redneck, drunken, loudmouth VFW type of BS comment

        • fuckbrits October 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

          Go eat ur steak n kidney pudding you tea sipping moron lol

          • Nicole King October 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

            At least it’s not made with growth-hormone-laced beef and GMOs and won’t kill you to eat it. You’re welcome to your diet. Come to think of it, that might be to the advantage of the rest of world; the US population becomes enfeebled by the rubbish they shovel down their throats because their governments won’t let them know what it contains and how bad it is for them.

  3. Greg January 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    If the second from the right made it to US Marshals, then it won’t be that hard to be selected. Hahahaha!!!

  4. Peter Pehrson March 20, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply


    NONE of these are police forces! They are ALL special units. Most are not even police forces but military detachments……!!!

    BTW, the image about the “best husky” RCMP officer and dog is from a TV series!

    • Steel May 3, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

      As a Canadian who has some knowledge about the RCMP, I can tell you with great confidence that the RCMP are a police force. In most communities across Canada they are the only police in their city, including some of the biggest cities in the country. They operate similarly to the NYPD or LAPD but on a national scale with local detachments. While a majority of the others listed are military detachments, this is not the case with the RCMP.

      • Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        Wow, an honest Canadian.

    • Kizaz October 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      Yes, the image of the husky is from Due South. That comment was tongue in cheek, or what we in the business refer to as a “joke”. 🙂

  5. Derek Morris April 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I don’t know about the rest, but the picture of “plain clothes” under US Marshals Service are US Navy Seals. Marcus Luttrell on the left and Michael Murphy on the right.

    • Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

      What do you expect from amatuers.

  6. Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Most of the countries listed are Third World countries, lol. Yet, they’re better than most of the First World countries, lol. And the Arthur puts in military pixs too, not even police, lol. Don’t quit your day job.

  7. Dan Plan June 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    motherfucking cocksuckers.

  8. troy June 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    I think you cant leave “special task force-south Africa” out of the top 10. South africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world and is also a third world country. Members need to be in the police for two years to apply and go through 6 months of training which also includes parachuting etc. And can take up to three years to become a fully fledged task for member. Theres documentaries on youtube of south african special task force where you witness them taking out cash n transit robbers armed with ak’s and molotov cocktails. They definitely shouldn’t be left out.

  9. Paul Baltuta July 2, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    teroristii its him police ;fabricati de Banckerii, yudei, vatica, monarhi,sustin terorismul planetar

  10. Paul Baltuta July 2, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    dogs societi secrete police ,militarii

  11. Paul Baltuta July 2, 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    S.A.S police briths teroristi crim anti umanite se fini all demascare coming tuto para banckers ,yudei ,monarhii the vatican Assassins http://WWW.VATICANS ASSASSINS.ORG

  12. Paul Baltuta July 2, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply
  13. Badger August 1, 2014 at 6:33 am - Reply

    RSA Police STF not this list.

  14. Era October 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Sri Lankan police STF is in top 10 , they work and made into top 10 without advanced weapons tracking systems , technology etc . one of the best STF’s in the world

  15. Dule December 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    SAJ, Serbian.. Google it 😉

  16. liverpool7 January 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    you put the french police force that fails every time a riot happens and greece police force which is the brutest and most experienced in riots isnt there.

  17. Joe Hellerud January 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    U.S and the canadians carry tok much fat,useless turds vs the Israel i and vest european force. But…courage is strongest with the U.S maniacs xD

  18. Clayton Bigsby February 21, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

    US Marshalls? Seriously? You have got to be kidding.

  19. Talleyrand April 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    GIGN (Groupement d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale) are actually better trained than the RAID.

  20. Kizaz May 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply
  21. es263 June 20, 2015 at 1:45 am - Reply

    where s GIGN

  22. Nicole King October 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Most of these are paramilitary forces and have little to with policing and do not fall within the normal police command structure. The US marshals aren’t even police officers. What about the Metropolitan Police SO19 unit? Perhaps a more useful article might be about the most highly trained (and professional) police services in the world.

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