Norwegian police open to registering personal checks

Marie Benedicte BjørnlandPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB POOL
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A system is needed that ensures verifiability when people are stopped and checked by the police, police director Benedicte Bjørnland said on Friday.

In a press release, the Police Directorate wrote that they are now starting work to strengthen the police’s trust in dealing with minorities in society.

“The police depend on trust to ensure legitimacy in how we exercise our authority. Trust is something we must earn every day, and the police must act fairly and respectfully towards all groups in society. We have listened to the feedback and are now initiating work to find out solutions together,” Bjørnland said.

Debates

Recently, there has been a debate about whether the police should have a so-called “receipt system” so that people who are checked can prove that it has happened. It is especially connected with young people with a minority background experiencing that the police are constantly checking them.

“It is too early to conclude about individual measures, but Oslo police district will invite the Municipality and selected organizations to a collaboration to look more closely at various solutions in connection with police checks,” Bjørnland added.

At the same time, the police emphasize in the press release that they generally have a high level of trust in the population.

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

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