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Police to undergo new terror training

Jonas Hysing: Hopefully it will make a difference
3:13 min
Around 10,000 police to undergo training in handling a terror attack.Photo:Katarina Hedström/Sveriges Radio
Around 10,000 police to undergo training in handling a terror attack.Photo:Katarina Hedström/Sveriges Radio Foto: Katarina Hedström/Sveriges Radio

Starting this autumn, around 10,000 police officers are to undergo extra education and training in how to handle a terrorist attack, reports Swedish Radio News.

"Hopefully it will make a difference in making individual police officers more confident in what they must do and how to do it, and know that one can actually make a difference. We are armed and are used to dealing with violent armed offenders," says Jonas Hysing, director of the national tactical council, a special unit which was set up last year precisely to ensure that the police are better equipped to deal with terrorist attacks.

The education in handling a terrorist attack is mandatory and will include theory and practical training. It will be more extensive than the current advice given to officers patrolling the streets on what to do in the advent of a terror attack.

A survey published on Wednesday reveals that Sweden Democrat voters are more worried than others that Sweden will be hit by a terrorist attack.

The survey by Novus suggests that 67 percent of Sweden Democrat voters say they are somewhat or very concerned that there may be a terror attack in Sweden, compared with 39 percent of Alliance voters and 31 percent of red-green voters.
Only 17 percent of all respondents believe that the Security Service Säpo and the police have the capabilities needed to prevent terrorist crimes in Sweden.

The survey was conducted between August 19-22 this year. A total of 1,586 people responded via a web panel.

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