A police force in crisis.
A police force in crisis. Foto: Johan Nilsson/TT

Worse results for Swedish policing

Swedish police results are worse than ever, with none of the seven police regions reaching the goal of improved criminal investigation results in 2016, writes newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Stockholm and Region South are the worst performing  regions.

"We can turn it around," Dan Eliasson tells newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The ability of the police to investigate crimes has been sharply criticised since the national reorganisation when the 23 police authorities were merged into one central body.

The police officers union has complained that its officers are expected to do too much, have low pay and low morale, resulting in an increase in people leaving the profession.

In August, Home Affairs minister Anders Ygeman, (Social Democrat), announced that performance had to improve.

Statistics from Dagens Nyheter show that results are worse than ever.

Between January and October 2016, a total of 120,015 investigations were taken to prosecution, compared to 131,890 for the same period last year. A drop of 9 percent, which DN says has continued into October with even worse results.

"Up to October this year we have not received the turnaround we wanted. This is something we are working incredibly hard with. It is not enough, we must take further action. It will turn," said national police chief Dan Eliasson to DN.

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