SWEDEN -- The many murders in Malmö have consequences across the whole county of Skåne. Now police officials plain out admit that investigations of everyday crime are dropped, a capitulation that puts Malmö on the brink of anarchy. The priorities by the police are now described as random.
For months, police in Skåne have been pressed by a record number of murders, shootings, and a still ongoing reorganization.
Above all Malmö has been hit hard, but also the rest of Skåne. Police have admitted that some crime investigations would suffer, but have not made clear which crimes they found acceptable to put aside to be able to handle the large murder wave, until now.
Two weeks ago, police officials held a crisis meeting and Regional Director Annika Stenberg promised an announcement of the capitulation to both Skåne police officers and the public. But more internal discussions were needed first.
Annika Stenberg has then for the past week been on vacation. But Deputy Regional Director Jarl Holmström now points out three areas that are prioritised down:
• Investigations of everyday crimes:
burglary, theft, assault and threats, and more.
Some of the policemen are moved to investigation of serious crimes.
- Then we have to accept a lower degree of response, says Jarl Holmström.
What does it mean for the people affected by everyday crime?
- There is a risk that their case will have to wait longer to be investigated. The prognosis of success in a case like that is linked to the investigative measures carried out in connection with the crime committed. Each priority we do at the expense of the investigative activities of everyday crime reduces the possibility of having a high percent of solved cases.
• Crime prevention outside Malmö.
To reduce the negative impacts by the lack of investigations of everyday crimes, area police officers and other police officers who mainly work to prevent crimes, are moved to investigate everyday crimes. Area Police officers have also been moved to Malmö to perform simple tasks in murder investigations.
• Border controls.
In order to increase the police presence in Malmö, the border control checks out. HD and Sydsvenskan has previously told that police are moved from the border to Malmö. Information now says that it is equivalent to approximately 13 percent of the border control force.
The crisis is temporary, believes Jarl Holmström.
- We must accept that we will have a short-term strain on the amount of crimes. But we need to work fairly quickly to catch up even with everyday crimes, as we have a bad results of solved crime.
- The serious crimes that have occurred are an unacceptable development, and we must now show that we can both prevent further crimes of this nature, and also solve cases, which means that people become incapacitated, that people will be sentenced, he says to HD.
Do you think the wave of serious crime in multicultural Malmö is temporary, like the optimistic police director?
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