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organised crime

Special Police Group Short of Cash

Published tisdag 17 mars 2009 kl 10.10
Head of Sweden's police, Bengt Svensson

The police plan a task force of 200 officers to fight against organised crime - but this project is threatened by a lack of money.

Erik Lagerholm, head of operations at Uppsala police says that the group’s targets could be motorcycle gangs, maffia-style operations, extortion or other kinds of serious crimes that are hard for the police services to handle while also dealing with day-to-day responsibilities.

The plan is for eight action groups to be stations in different regions, and one at the national police headquarters. This represents a doubling of police resources for this area.

The groups are to be active by the first of July, but there’s a hole in the finances. So far there’s about 6 million US dollars set aside - but the head of Sweden’s police, Bengt Svenson, says that more than twice that will be needed for 2010 and the following years.

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