‘University of crime’ opens in Linköping

The criminal justice system is facing an increasingly educated and organised form of criminality. Methods for committing crime and avoiding conviction are getting more and more sophisticated. But even investigations into so called everyday crime demand greater levels of knowledge.

Linköping University have spotted the trend and together with the national prosecution service, Östergötland county council and the National Board of Forensic Medicine (RMV) created the Resource Centre for Crime Prevention and Crime Fighting (RBB).

Leading experts on all the various disciplines within the criminal justice system are now gathered under one roof in order to educate, research and investigate. It’s hoped that networks will be formed to facilitate the fight against crime.

“It’s important to raise the overall level of knowledge within the area,” said Ursula Hass, vice chancellor of Linköping University, and one of the figures behind the initiative.

Linköping has steadily built up its profile in recent years in subjects related to crime research, not least because both the Swedish forensic science laboratory (SKL) and RMV are located in the city.

“A number of the relevant agencies are already here, which obviously makes things easier,” said Hass.

Priorities for the new RBB include IT security, surveillance technology, economic and environmental crime, alcohol and drug abuse, child abuse and sexual abuse, as well as leadership in high pressure situations.

In the long term, a new course in anti-crime technology is set to be based at the RBB.

The university has linked in with the police, Swedish Prison and Probation Service (KVV), Customs, National Tax Board and Swedish Enforcement Administration and hope that many staff in these organisations will take advantage of the resources availabe at the RBB.

Amongst the projects already off the ground are those looking into so called ‘bloodless abductions’, communicating via interpretors and the development of biochemical sensors for detecting narcotic and explosive substances.

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