Oslo airport police: - Must run a kilometer to get a gun

Oslo airport police: - Must run a kilometer to get a gun
If terror strikes at Oslo Airport Gardermoen, the terrorists may go on and terrorise for a while, before meeting any armed resistance.

Police guarding the country's main airport, are at risk of having to run far to get weapons in an emergency situation, reports NRK.

- It would take too long if there is an acute event, says operations manager Roy Alkvist.

The government-appointed committee that has considered future arming models, Wednesday gave its report to the Minister of Justice Per-Willy Amundsen.

A majority of the committee recommends that the Norwegian police remain unarmed, and have the service weapon locked up in a box in the car.

Despite that the committee believes that an unarmed police is sufficient to safeguard preparedness in Norway, Chairwoman Anne Kari Lande Hasle, questioned the preparedness at Oslo Airport.

- There are almost no police officers to see at the country's main international airport, said Lande Hasle at today's press conference.

She believes a more visible police presence will reduce the need for armament.

In recent years there have been several terrorist attacks against airports, including Brussels and Istanbul.

Police operations manager Roy Alkvist, believes the most important thing is that they have access to a weapon at short notice, if an emergency situation arises. It is not necessarily the situation today, although weapons are stored at the police post at the airport.

- It is a very large area. If an event occurs, the crew who are out on foot patrol may have to run a long way to be able to acquire arms. It may be up to one kilometer to run, says Alkvist.

Avinor and the Civil Aviation Authority want a general armament of the police at Oslo Airport and other airports.

A majority of the committee said no to this, despite wishes by the Norwegian Police Federation. In addition, the member with the heaviest operational police competence, former head of the SWAT squads, Anders Snortheimsmoen, disagreed with the majority.

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