Prosecutors promised better protection

Sweden's 800 prosecutors are to get greater protection following a bomb attack on a prosecutor in Trollhättan, western Sweden, on Tuesday.

Every prosecutor in the country will be offered basic protection. Under this package, prosecutors’ phone numbers will be made secret and their personal details removed from public registers. The changes were announced by Mikael Svensson, newly appointed head of security at the Swedish Prosecution Authority.

A survey by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande Rådet – Brå), shows that 15 percent of 681 prosecutors questioned had been subjected to threats, harassment or violence.

The new measures will also include giving prosecutors extra training in personal safety issues. Measures to protect families of prosecutors will be another feature of the programme.

The ST union, which represents many prosecutors, said on Thursday it welcomed the new measures.