The pilot project with Animal Police in Sor-Trondelag has led to more police reports and fewer dismissals of animal crime.
The project started in August last year and will last for three years. So far it has had a positive effect, says station manager Arve Nordtvedt by the central police station in Trondheim to newspaper Nationen.
– The scheme has meant that we have earmarked several investigators and prosecution lawyers to animal issues, which has contributed to increasing the capacity of the investigation of animal welfare, says Nordtvedt.
Meanwhile, awareness of the new unit has led to the number of police reports increasing.
The number of dismissals of reported animal crime cases has fallen, which newspaper Adresseavisen had previously discussed. Animal Police is supposed to investigate and prosecute violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which includes livestock and care of pets.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today