Record number of newly trained police officers found work in Norway this year

PolicePhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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A total of 408 newly graduated police students from the 2021 cohort secured police jobs at the end of August. That is a record number, but at the same time, few new police officers have permanent positions.

Never before have so many newly trained police officers found jobs after graduation as soon as this year.

According to the new staffing figures from the Norwegian Police Directorate, a total of 87.2% of the students from the 2021 cohort with a diploma were employed in a police position as of August 31.

But only 13 from this year’s cohort got a permanent police job two months after graduation, Politiforum writes. The leader of the Politiets Fellesforbunds for students, Marcus Hagen, says that the situation is worrying.

“The main rule in the State Employees Act is clear – employees in the state must be employed in permanent positions, but this does not seem to correspond to reality,” Hagen said.

He says they also believe that many newly trained police officers will experience a challenging and frustrating time after the corona measures are over.

“A high number of new graduates will have to start applying for jobs again, and I think there will be a big competition for positions… There should be enough jobs for everyone – and those jobs should, as the main rule says, be permanent,” Marcus Hagen said.

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

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