Police instructor suspended for sexually-charged role play

An instructor at a police academy in Stockholm has been suspended after having used degrading sexual innuendos in the training of female police cadets.

The incidents occurred about a year ago during training exercises designed to simulate a traffic stop which were part of an overall vehicle training programme, reports the Metro newspaper.

The specific simulation entailed the male instructor playing the role of a passenger, allowing the female cadets a chance to practice how they would handle different situations and behaviours involving stopped motorists.

In his role, the instructor continually interjected less-than-subtle sexual innuendos into the simulation, according to a complaint filed by the cadets.

“Blow now, because later you’re going up into the woods with me to blow on another trumpet,” the instructor is alleged to have said during a simulation when a female trainee in the role of a driver was asked by other cadets to take an alcohol breath test.

In another exercise focused on dealing with excuses for speeding, the instructor, playing the role of a speeding driver, told trainees he was speeding because he “was in rush because my Viagra is about to stop working”.

In a similar simulation, the instructor pretended to be a police cadet’s lover, explaining they had been speeding because they were headed to the woods “for a quickie.”

The instructor has been reassigned ahead of an expected investigation. If found to have committed misconduct, he risks having his salary docked, according to Metro.


Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.