‘Secret’ Swedish police data sold by criminals

Supposedly secret police lists containing details about Sweden’s most dangerous criminals are up for sale across the country among members of the Swedish underworld.

The documents have apparently been leaked from the Stockholm police’s Criminal Investigation Department.

“It’s disgraceful that they’ve come out and we’ve started an preliminary investigation,” said department head Margareta Linderoth to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The lists, known as the Alcatraz List and Nova List, contain a wide-range of information about Sweden’s toughest criminals, there associations to one another, as well a details about their relationships with family members, acquaintances, and girlfriends.

The Alcatraz List is the product of a nationwide cooperative effort between other Criminal Investigation Departments, the Swedish security service Säpo, and the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten).

The Nova List deals primarily with organized criminals in the Stockholm area and is named after the Nova Group, a unit of the Stockholm police department focused on counteracting the growth of organized crime.

Most of the people on the two lists have strong connections to criminal networks. Several of them are involved in ongoing gang wars, and a number of people on the lists have been murdered.

It remains unclear exactly how much off the information on the lists has been leaked. Among details from the lists known by police to have come out are alternative addresses and telephone numbers as well as what type of vehicles people on the list drive.

Linderoth confirmed that information from the lists is being sold to criminal across the country. She said that the lists came out as a result of criminal activity and that no police officers are suspected of being invovled.

Nor does she believe the disclosure has damaged the police’s work.

“It’s not good, but it’s a living document and now that we know about it can we restructure things,” she told DN.

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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.