law and order

Report: Fewer police available at the weekend

Sweden has thousands more police than in the 1990s, but a survey by Dagens Nyheter suggests that nowadays there are fewer police working at the weekend.

Compared to 1998 Sweden has 3,620 more police officers, 22 percent more. But Dagens Nyheter looked at the staffing situation late at night in a weekend in March, and compared it to the same period in 1998. The paper reports that in half of Sweden's counties there are fewer police available now.

Police researcher Stefan Holgersson says that police are not working at the times when crime is happening "many are working daytime".

Johan Pehrson, law and order spokesman for the liberal Folkpartiet, says that bureaucrats and middle-managers in the police need to move to working out on the street, or as investigators.

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