These Hilarious Pictures On Rekjavik’s Police Department’s Instagram Show The Lighter Side Of Police Work
Being a police officer can be a tough job. The officers of the capital of Iceland Reykjavik are using social media to prove there is a lighter side to policing. Their Instagram account has drawn over 160,000 followers from all over the world who check in to see their hilarious photos taken in the line of duty.
The account might remind you of one of your goofiest friend’s feeds. There are hundreds of pictures showing the officers doing everything from cuddling kittens and puppies to showing off their police cars. From kids to doing handstands in the snow to posing in various places wearing a pig mask, their feed is hilarious.
There are also lots of photos of them eating, of course. Pics show the officers eating everything from piles of doughnuts (gotta live up to the stereotype) to the traditional Iceland delicacy: sheepshead.
The crime rate in Iceland is very low. Data from the UN in 2011 shows that the homicide rate between 1999-2009 never climbed above 1.8 homicides per 100,000 residents in any given year. Compared to the US where rates were between 5.0 and 5.8 homicides per 100,000 people, you can begin to see why the Reykjavik police force might have a lighter take on things.
The first time in Iceland’s history that a man was shot and killed by Reykjavik police was in 2013. He opened fired on police with a shotgun, hitting a police officer in the helmet. Police at the time apologized to his family, saying that they had tried to peacefully subdue him.
Day In The Life
Most of the time though, it looks like the officers of Reykjavik enjoy their job. There are pictures of them building snow officers, feeding flocks of geese, and setting off fireworks.
They seem like the kind of people you wouldn’t mind hanging out with, which is probably the point of the account. Would you like to share a doughnut with them?
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