Chains of Command

New System for Solving Murder Cases

Beginning September 1, local police authorities will get help from the National Swedish Criminal Investigation Department, Sweden's equivalent of the FBI, investigating murder cases that remain unsolved after one month.

Some localities in Sweden already use a system in which they turn murder investigations over to the county.

Thord Haraldsson, the police chief of a county in southern Sweden overseeing such investigations, says he is not exactly sure what the changes will bring.

"Overall, I think the proposal is good. I can imagine that we will get help from other sources to clarify the logistical issues," he tells Swedish Radio news.

The police are already allowed to seek help from the National Investigation Department.

But local police have received criticism for how they carry out murder investigations, which is why the National Investigation Department is setting up this central review board, reports Swedish Radio news.