There are increasingly more employees in the police, according to new figures from the National Police Directorate (POD).
According to recent statistics that show coverage and staffing figures, there are now 15,483 employees in police and special agencies, police said.
If also includes employees in the Police Security Service (PST), the figure is over 16,000. The coverage is steadily rising, and is now at 1.72 per 1,000 residents.
Never before have there been so many members of the police, and the growth is greatest in police FTEs. A new report from the Agency for Public Management and IKT (Difi) show that police in the period 2009 to 2015 had 2,104 more employees.
– It is gratifying to see that we are more, and that growth is greatest among police trained in district and special agencies, says HR Director Karin Aslaksen in POD.
Accordign to police, new graduates get jobs, but as in previous years, it takes some time to get permanent employment.
59.5 percent of students who walked out of the Police Academy with passing the exam this year, have been given a position in the police – 1.6 percent of them have a permanent job.
The numbers for graduates that went out in the spring of 2015, was 95.1 percent of employment in the police and 52 percent with permanent employment.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today