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The government agency is subordinate to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and has 13,000 employees, of which 8,000 are police officers.
In addition to police powers, the service is responsible for border control, certain civil duties, coordinating search and rescue operations, counter-terrorism, highway patrolling, writ of execution, criminal investigation and prosecution.
The police service dates to the 13th century when the first sheriffs were appointed.
Several other national responsibilities are under the command of Oslo Police District, such as the Emergency Response Unit and the two police helicopters.
The Police Security Service is separate from the National Police Directorate.