Security Companies Take Over Police Investigations
Private companies are investigating crimes which the police have decided not to take further. Today there are about ten such companies in Sweden. The employees are generally former police officers doing the same job as they did before, but with better pay and more freedom.
Niels Sögaard, CEO of one of these companies, told Swedish Radio News that their investigations can range from assault, sexual harassment to more economically related crimes such as office theft or fraud and embezzlement.
Critics say that the consequences are that clients choose not to report the crimes to the police, after the company has finished with its own investigations. Also, the high fees make it a service that only those with money can make use of.
However, Ulrika Herbst of the National Police Board told Swedish Radio news that security companies may in fact serve as a complement to the police - provided that they report any suspected crime to the police and make sure to follow the law in their investigations.