The police work for better communication with minorities

policeThe police at work.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix
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Police Chief Gunnar Lien Holsten in the Oslo Police District acknowledges that some police officers have not been good enough in meeting with the minority population.

Holsten believes that Norway has a “very competent police force”, but he acknowledges that some police officers have not always acted correctly in dealing with the minority population.

– “We have a lot to go on when it comes to explaining to people why we are a place and talking to them. We sometimes stumble into less good communication. That is why we have found that we need to educate for it,” says the police officer to Klassekampen.

In 2007, researcher and criminology professor Ragnhild Sollund talked about the use of racist slander in the police. Holsten thinks that time is over.

– “It’s service neglect, and I think it’s a laid-back stage. But we can never stop cleaning our own house and rhetoric. If we see colleagues who do not follow a good standard, it is our shared responsibility to address it.”

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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