10 Most Corrupt Police Forces In The World (2023)

Corruption in the police force is a menace that has reduced the respect people have for law enforcement officers. It is a situation where police officers place personal gains such as money, promotion in rank, abuse of power, etc over their sworn duty which is to protect lives and properties.


In the world today, there are some police departments ranked as worst in this regard. Here are the top 10 of the most corrupt police forces we have in the world this 2023.

Top 10 Most Corrupt Police Forces In The World 2023

#1. Nigerian Police

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) is ranked as the number one worst police department in the world by the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI).

This shouldn’t be a surprise as they have lived up to expectation in this regard. In terms of respect of law and order, the Nigerian police scores zero. Court orders are hardly obeyed, talk more of the constitution.

Take a walk around the country and you would see road blocks set on the roads, not to even stop and search but to harass, stop and collect money from car owners and passers-by.

A department in the Nigerian Police known as SARS are known for brutalizing innocent citizens even unto death. Cases of killings, torture, arrest of innocent civilians, bribery and corruption in broad day light, stealing and several other vices are left unchecked in the NPF.

Although the Inspector General of Police just disbanded the SARS unit amid nation wide protest, it is glaring for all to see that most officers in the NPF are really corrupt, as they disregard the law.

#2. Haitian National Police

As of last year, Haiti police was the world’s most corrupt police. They imparted their negative attitude on the society which saw to the disrespect of Haitian cultural practice and the belittling of the whole police department.

Their corrupt practice can be further seen with their violation of various human rights. The way and manner in which they break laws without being checkmated is disturbing. When ever their is known violence involving thugs in the Haitian community, they do not respond allowing people take laws into their hands.

The attitude of the lawlessness of the HNP seems to have declined obver the years since the catastrophic earthquake in June 2010. I don’t see them entering the list of best police forces in the world anytime soon.

#3. Mexico Police Force

Mexico was ranked third among the most corrupt police forces. When you hear of a country where you have drug lords controlling the force in a country, then think of Mexico.

Well, the reason behind thiws according to an online report is that the take home pay of these police officers is low. Crime rate has increased in the city making Mexico an unsafe place to live in.

Gangs being bribed by the Mexican police to extort money from tourists especially at the border. Do you know they even go as far as killing them (innocent tourists) when they fail to produce the money and they get away with it.

The corrupt attitude of the Mexican Police especially working and protecting drug cartels and enforce drug trafficking has seen the Mexican police department being labelled as one of the worst police departments in the world today.

#4. Kenya Police

The Kenyan police department has being labelled as the 4th most corrupt police forces in the world and second in Africa. A report by Transparency International, says that civilians live in great fear as the Kenyan police has being known to violate human right laws.

The fact that the government of Kenya is also corrupt speaks in volume of how the society is. Bribery is the order of the day in this African country.

#5. Iraqi Police

The history of the Iraqi police have longed being soaked in corrupt practices. Although, there has been attempts in pumping funds to the Iraqi police department so as to raise their level as one of the best trained police force in the world, it has yeilded little or no effort.

Some crimes attributed with the Iraqi police is being partisan, they participate in kidnappings, torture, ransom payments and bribery. No wonder terrorism is at a high in this war torn country.

#6. Afghanistan Police

Even if Afghanistan has suffered war in the past, it is still not a yardstick for the police in this country to engage in corrupt practices. While Afghan has a record of being one of the most corrupt police forces in the world, they have not shown signs of slowing down.

The Afghan police are known to inflict injuries on civilians especially at police checkpoints scattered around the country. Extorting money is the order of the day while bribery is at its highest due to the corruption in ruling government.

#7. Sudan Police

Sudan police is one of the most police forces in Africa and also in the world. This has been shown in since the reign of their former president, Oman Al-Bashir who have been indicted by the international court in Hagues for crimes against humanity and probable genocide.

Sudanese police officers extort bribes from their citizens without being prosecuted. Even when you report to the authorities, they don’t even take action. Corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of the Sudanese police force.

Funny enough, the police in this country hardly file reports not to talk of investigating crimes.

#8. Russian Police

Russia was ranked among the most corrupt countries of the world due to it many shady deals. Even if Russia is a super power, opposition to the government isn’t allowed as Vladmir Putin and Medvedev don’t take it lightly with any one who oppose their regime.

In modern times, investigation has pointed out that henious crimes have being committed by Russian police officers. Chief of these vices is the incessant police brutality, arresting of innocent citizens opposing the government, bribery and killing.

#9. Pakistan Police

The pakistani police department have many corrupt officers to hard to count. Even if they have one of the sophisticated special agents, they have been reports of maiming of innocent civilians by investigation carried out by an international anti-graft watchdog.

Just like other middle east arab police forces listede here, police brutality, extortion, bribery and killing of innocent citizens are just some crimes committed by Pakistan’s police forces.

#10. Burma Police

Burma is a country still under military dictatorship and as such was ranked 10th amongst the countries with the worst police department 2023, upon all the training they received.

Just like Nigeria, bribery and corruption is done in broad daylight. Citizens are even forced to pay for police investigations. The image of the police officers in this small nation has seriously being dented.


Even if these trained police officers in these countries are known to be corrupt, the cancer of this menace has spread to every country with no one exempted.

The killings of unarmed black men in the United States by the NYPD, LAPD officers shows that they too are corrupt despite being the most powerful country in the world.

What’s your take on the world’s most corrupt police forces this 2023. Please use the comment below to air your views.

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Chizoba Ikenwa

Chizoba is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the founder of Nigerian Infopedia. He is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research


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  2. Margaret Obasuyi

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