UK police have a similarly low rate of gun use to Norway. One person was fatally shot by British police in 2014.
In the first 24 days of 2015, US police shot and killed 59 people, which is more than police in England and Wales did in the last 24 years (55).
With the difference in populations taken into account, US citizens are still around 100 times more likely to be shot by police than British citizens are.
“Any attempts to roll back the militarization of the American police would need to be accompanied by policies that increase economic and racial equality and legitimate opportunity for advancement for the poor,” a sociology professor at Northern Michigan University, told The Washington Post
US police are faced with greater day-to-day violence than most developed countries. In 2013, 30 officers were fatally shot while on duty.
The last time a British officer was killed by gunshot was in 2012 when two female police constables were shot in Manchester.
Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said in a statement at the time, “Sadly we know from the experience in America and other countries that having armed officers certainly does not mean, sadly, that police officers do not end up getting shot.”