This was confusing for the public, resulting in the police services reorganizing to a homogenous organization during the 1980s, whereby the civil tasks being organized as part of the police stations.
The National Police Directorate, located in Downtown Oslo, is the central administration for the Norwegian Police Service.
With the introduction of the absolute monarchy in 1660 and subsequent strengthening of the civil service, the importance of the police increased.
The bailiffs as such became part of the police structure, with their superiors, the county governor, receiving a similar role as that of chief of police.
In 1894 the authorities decided to abolish the position of bailiff and it was decided that some of its tasks would be transferred to the sheriffs.
This resulted in 26 new chief of police positions, largely corresponding to the old bailiwicks.
From the 19th century, deputies were hired in larger areas to assist the sheriffs.
Following the democratization in 1814, the Ministry of Justice was created in 1818 and has since had the primary responsibility for organizing the police force.
Specialist agencies within the services include the National Criminal Investigation Service, the National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim), the National Police Immigration Service, the National Mobile Police Service, the Norwegian Border Commissioner, the National Police Computing and Material Service and the Norwegian Police University College.
In the cities the police authority was transferred directly to the bailiff.
By the mid-17th century there were between 300 and 350 sheriffs.
As the first city in Norway to do so, Trondheim had a chief of police appointed in 1686, and Oslo established a uniformed police corps in 1859.
The directorate is led by National Police Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård.