Norway’s Justice Minister demands clean-up after reports of bad culture in the police

Monica MælandPhoto: Jil Yngland / NTB

A research project revealed that there is a negative culture in parts of the police. Minister of Justice Monica Mæland (H) expects it to be cleaned up.

“I expect this to be cleared up, and I will raise this with the director of police when I meet her shortly,” Mæland said.

Mæland noted that it is not acceptable for leaders to exploit their positions. 

She believes it is important that the director of the police addresses sexual harassment.

“We should not have a bad culture in the police, and the director of police must address sexual harassment. 

“We do not accept when managers exploit their positions in such a way, and to be honest, I thought we had learned more after metoo,” she emphasized.

Researchers sound the alarm 

Police Director Benedicte Bjørnland is upset about the findings of the research project, which revealed disturbing stories. 

The study was carried out by professor Dag Ellingsen at the Police Academy and professor Ulla-Britt Lilleaas at the Center for Interdisciplinary Gender Research.

The study was about gender and diversity in security organizations in general, not just in the police. 

The researchers mainly looked at the operational parts of the police. The research project will be completed in 2021. 

Previously, the researchers have presented results from the Western Police District.

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