The Norwegian Police Directorate believes there are no longer grounds for continuing the temporary arming of the police, which came after threats from ISIS. However, the Norwegian Police Federation totally disagrees with the decision.
After the Police Security Service (PST) presented its new threat assessment, the police directorate has assessed the temporary arming of the police and concluded that the police must return to the system of storing the weapons in the cars.
- The likelihood of a terrorist attack is reduced, including the risk of attacks on defense and police personnel. Our overall assessment is that there are no longer grounds for continuing the temporary armament, said police director Odd Reidar Humlegård at a press conference Friday morning.
The Norwegian Police Federation believes the new disarmament is an "extremely poor decision", writes NTB.
- We can not see that the threat to police is reduced enough that it makes sense to remove the armament, says union leader Sigve Bolstad.
- The Police Director even himself emphasized that the threat level is not yet down at the level it was before the temporary armament was initiated. The Norwegian Police Federation thus finds it extremely unwise to terminate the temporary armament, he says.
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