budget cuts

Report: Auxiliary police to be abolished

The Swedish government is to wind up the 1,500-strong Auxiliary Police force as part of the Autumn budget, reports Swedish Radio News.

A department head at the National Police Board says that they can do without the Auxiliary Police. Speaking to news Agency TT Per Engström says that the Auxiliary police have cost almost US$ 4.5m every year since 1980, and only been used twice.

The Auxiliary police consists of people from other jobs who have been trained to act as police in emergency situations, like natural disasters.

The president of the Auxiliary Police Association, Mikael Sörensen, says that the decision is a "scandal". He says that Sweden is now getting rid of the only crisis contingency help that the country has.

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