The crisis continues within the Swedish police. Thousands of reported crimes are on hold, cases that contain hundreds of serious crimes such as rape, murder and attempted murder. And it just for the police in the South region, writes SVT.
It is the Police Union who have had access to figures leaked from an internal investigation of the work situation for the police.
- There is an extreme lack of police officers in the operational activities. Right now 200 extra police officers are needed to reach a reasonable working environment just in Southeast Götaland, says Thomas Stjernfeldt, vice president of the Police Union, to SVT.
As much as 6,000 unresolved crimes that have been reported in the police district this year have been put on hold. Of these, about 400 include serious crimes like rape, murder and attempted murder.
The workload is extremely high, and police are constantly forced to work overtime. The situation is worsen by the fact that an average of three police officers quit every day. If the situation persists until New Year, about 1000 police officers will have resigned this year. It is one in twenty.
- It is alarming figures, says Thomas Stjernfeldt.
The Police Union fears that the development will lead to people giving up and failing to report crimes because they are not investigated anyway. It could obviously aggravate the situation even further for the police, as criminals can commit crimes without fear of getting caught.
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