Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) opened a diversity evening in Groruddalen, Tuesday evening. There she promised to step up the fight against Oslo’s criminal gangs.
“My message to the gangs is that we will use a lot of resources and effort to fight you,” says Solberg to VG in connection with the event at the Rommen, in the district of Stovner.
The Prime Minister admits that gangs like Young Bloods have grown as a result of poor employment opportunities, she adds to VG. At the same time, the Right Political party promises to increase the police force in the years to come.
“We have increased a lot and we are going to increase even more,” says Solberg.
Her statement comes after a large number of shooting episodes in the last months in Oslo, as well as episodes of stone throwing against Nattravner, (neighborhood watch). The government has therefore granted an additional grant of NOK 30 million to strengthen the police force with 71 new posts.
City council leader Raymond Johansen (AP) wants the extra funding to be permanent.
“We must pick up young people that are at risk of falling outside,” said Johansen during Monday’s city council hearing in Oslo.
Opposite VG, Erna Solberg did not go on whether the government wishes such continuation.
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