The weekend has been fierce for police and firefighters in Sweden again. Among several other things, more than 15 cars were set on fire, shootings - with one man shot, and four stabbed with knife.
In the suburbs of Örebro, 30 masked youths last night attacked police with golf clubs, stones, and so-called Molotov cocktails.
- This is really bad to see. There is a risk that the welfare state is at stake, says Sigve Bolstad, head of the Norwegian Police Union, to NRK.
He is shocked by the NRK report on Saturday evening news about the Swedish police crisis. He believes we are seeing some of the same signs of crisis in the Norwegian police.
- Unfortunately, we see it. We see it in progress in relation to crime. We have a very tight budget. And it is also reported back strongly from the public that the police presence is less than desirable. And that is contrary to what is stated in the police reform.
Also the Norwegian Minister of Justice, Anders Anundsen (pictured), reacts to what is happening in Sweden.
- This is a very serious picture, which fortunately is a very different picture than what we have in Norway. But some of the reason why we want to conduct the police reform is to prevent such a development that we have seen in Sweden. And therefore we also have a lot to learn from the Swedish reform - in the sense that there are some pitfalls that we should not step into, says the Minister.
Bolstad of Norwegian Police Union, fears that crime in Sweden will spill over the border to Norway.
- The crisis in the Swedish police is very bad news for Norway. It could result in more trafficking, arms smuggling, smuggling of drugs. That we simply get this into Norway in a greater degree. It is particularly unfortunate.
- Are we prepared along the border to prevent this?
- Not to a big enough degree, no.
The Minister of Justice is also concerned about the import of crime, but notes that the threat comes from far more countries than Sweden.
- We see an internationalization of crime that we have never seen before. It is no longer so that one can talk about crime just on a national stage. In that sense, I think the Police Union has a very good point. We need to think more internationally when it comes to fighting crime. And we must also work to ensure that we do not get the kind of conditions that the Swedes have. We will not have no-go zones for Norwegian police. We will have a much safer society than that, he says.
In Sweden three policemen quit their job each day. 80 percent of the police corps said that they are or have considered quitting.
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