Norway’s Minister of Justice promises to strengthen the police in the districts

Emilie Enger MehlPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB
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More full-time police officers will be hired to strengthen the emergency preparedness and the local police throughout the country, Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl (SP) said on Thursday.

Initially, 146 permanent police posts will be rolled out in the districts. In addition, more positions will be opened during the year as a result of the government strengthening the police with a NOK 200 million allocation in the budget for 2022, Mehl added.

“The Center Party and the Labor Party are now seriously in the process of reversing the massive centralization of the police that the Conservatives and the Progress Party carried out,” Mehl noted.

She believes the positions will contribute to the police’s visibility and operational capacity throughout the country, as well as better prevention and investigations of crime.

“Unfortunately, many police stations have not been strengthened by the previous government. I expect that the police chiefs will now follow up so that there will actually be more police officers, especially in the areas that have lost many police officers. The time of centralization of the police is over,” Mehl said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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