Will there be more police on the streets? Photo: Private
Will there be more police on the streets? Photo: Private

Questions about police reorganization

Since the beginning of the year the Swedish Police are one single agency, rather than 21 different regional organizations. The intent is that fewer chiefs and more officers in high-crime areas will mean more crimes can be prevented and cleared up.

But over the years there have been critical voices about the frequent reorganizations of the police structure, and former Justice Minister Beatrice Ask tells Swedish Radio News she has doubts. Now chair of parliament’s Justice Committee, the conservative Moderate veteran says there’s a lot of inertia within the police, and during her 8 years in office her experience was that despite promises the police tend to put a low priority on working locally.

The new Social Democrat Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman, responds that he intends to do all he can to make sure the intent of the reorganization is actually put into practice. He says one threat to increased police presence on the streets is that criminal gangs in many areas have become more aggressive and devise strategies to make things as difficult as possible for individual officers.

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