Good cop, bad cop

Everyone - in the press, at least - loves a corrupt cop, and both DN and Expressen got themselves into a lather over the Eskilstuna police superintendent who was arrested last week for serious drugs and weapons offences.

The 34-year old – who denies all charges – at first appeared to be no more than an accomplice, but the police now believe that he is at the centre of an international drug-smuggling ring. Speaking to DN, the chief prosecutor Monica Mimer described the charges as “among the most serious ever brought against a police officer.”

Expressen pointed out that the suspect’s “33,600kr monthly salary could hardly have covered his lavish private life”, which included a 287 square metre luxury villa in central Stockholm, regular trips to Brazil “where he planned to open a nightclub” (alarm bells, anyone?), and a 400,000kr BMW.

By Wednesday a subplot was developing. DN drew its readers’ attention to the fact that in November the superintendent had been reported for using illegal labour to renovate his house. But upon further investigation, the written statement had disappeared and it turned out that no record had ever been kept of the accusation.

As if having one of their own playing for the other side and ‘losing’ evidence weren’t bad enough for the police, it was revealed by Expressen that in discussions last year the 34-year old was described by Stockholm police commissioner Leif Jennekvist as “a good policeman – committed, sincere and upright.”