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Four billion extra pledged in fight against crime

TT/The Local · 8 Sep 2009, 13:42

Published: 08 Sep 2009 13:42 GMT+02:00

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Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, along with the three other Alliance party leaders, made the announcement in conjunction with a visit to a police station in Hallunda, south of Stockholm.

It comes as no surprise that the police will be receiving additional funding. They have requested an additional 2 billion Swedish kronor for 2010, 19.6 billion ($2.8 billion) compared to 17.6 billion ($2.5 billion) in 2009.

In August, the Swedish National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) also determined that they won't be able to cover expenditures in the current budget but will run a deficit that is greater than the additional funding the government has already approved.

Bolstering the fight against crime is one of the government's main priorities and in the wake of budget negotiations between the centre-right coalition parties, the Moderates, among others, have spoken out in favour of allocating additional resources to the police.

It is also likely that the national prosecutors service will benefit from the extra funding, since more police mean more legal errands.

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“This relates to the effective functioning of the entire legal system,” an Alliance source told news agency TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:41 September 8, 2009 by rybo1
I'm hoping that my oldest son, will now change his career path.
16:34 September 8, 2009 by vladd777
A good move this. We need to see the uniform out on the street.
17:56 September 8, 2009 by browneyes10
@rybo 1. Lolz
18:13 September 8, 2009 by ooh456
Maybe with all the new police officers Sweden will finally solve it's first murder case.
18:58 September 8, 2009 by brøklyn_bjorn
Wow that's a lot of police officers....

That adds up to approximately 1 police officer for every 450 people in Sweden.

(20k police/ 9,000,000 population)

In NYC alone it's 1 police officer for every 200 persons.

(40k police/ 8,000,000 population)
20:33 September 8, 2009 by "green Swede"
I read 60,000 cops in NYC but at least it's a step in the right direction.first time i've felt anything positive about the govt since they came to power!
22:13 September 8, 2009 by double concerto
Surely it's crazy, if the Swedish government were to stop needlessly importing the bulk of its criminals then there would be no need to spend all this hard earned cash on extra police brought about by its very own policies. The money could then be spent on badly needed healthcare and education facilities for the generators of this cash to enjoy and enrich their lives.
23:58 September 8, 2009 by Nutcracker
Meanwhile, firemen in 'culturally-enriched areas' are forced to wear helmets with visors and borrow military bullet-proof vests and have their cars reinforced, simply to do their jobs. And this is to deal with 9 out of 10 'small' fires deliberately set in order to entice the firemen into such areas in order to attack them. http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article5758228.ab also in shortened English translation at http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2009/09/body-armor-for-firemen-in-rosengard.html#readfurther

double concerto: Agreed, but that would require government to show some loyalty to the people and the nation, instead of to their left-wing and long-term agenda and for the media to do its professional job of reporting facts instead of hiding them
02:32 September 9, 2009 by Per Johansson52
That is great Idea, I wish I could join the police but I am kinda old now .

Most criminals come from (newly joined European countries). the steal and go back...

You could say 95% of these criminals comes from other parts of Europe and travel back to their countries with loads of stolen things. the immigrants are very scared of crimes because they are permanent residence of the country and Swedes , I hope the police tells who make first record in crimes in Sweden..
02:49 September 9, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
You could put 1 million new police officers on the street and it will do NO GOOD because the police are only HALF of the solution!

The people who enjoy fishing call it CATCH AND RELEASE!!!!!

If the police catch the criminals but the COURTS just let them go, or even worse, give rediculously light prison sentences, the message will become VERY clear!



When Sweden wakes up to the fact that the punishment for crime HAS TO HURT, the criminals will decide to go elsewhere!

A few years back, people were coming to Sweden to commit crimes SO THEY COULD GO TO JAIL!!! They got paid more money sitting in jail than they could earn back home! They could then send money back home for the duration of their sentence!

Is this still going on?
13:37 September 9, 2009 by jonathanjames61
This is a wrong view,Sweden is a peacefull societey,only that I dontt see crime here,if you want to see crime try to go to Algbon Zone 2 in Nigeria,there you will see a diffrent story.
15:19 September 9, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
@ jonathanjames61 - "This is a wrong view,Sweden is a peacefull societey,only that I dontt see crime here,if you want to see crime try to go to ..."

Jonathan, I totally agree with you that Sweden is a peaceful society. But you miss the point that crime is increasing! The real problem is that it is the Swedes in this society that are for the most part peaceful. The real problem is that people are coming to Sweden who do NOT share the values of the Swedish society.

The great thing about Sweden is that the social system protects those that have too little so in Sweden they do not have to steal to provide for their families. This idea of LAGOM creates a society that is satisfied with having just a little more than they need! People do not need to steal to get more and more things!

Then comes the criminal element that does NOT share these same values (or are driven to crime by their addictions). The addicts we catch and cleanup and try to deal with fixing the reason they are addicts. The "other" criminal elements, we catch AND LOCK UP FOR A VERY LONG TIME! Make them pay room and board while they are in prison. If they are not Swedish Citizens BY BIRTH then they should be DEPORTED!

I guarantee that the threat of LONG prison sentences and, if applicable, deportation will be enough to chase many CAREER criminals out of the country!
13:18 September 15, 2009 by karex
A step in the right direction. I would suggest earmarking some of those funds to develop motivational programs. It doesn't matter how much police is roaming the streets. They also need to be willing to respond to calls.
18:24 December 13, 2009 by dobermann
Ok, as I can see this is an older article, but I still want to leave my opinion.

My country is new in EU, so a lot of people from my home country goes to work to Sweden. But there are a lot of people which goes to sweden for criminal purposes and I know a lot of them personaly. So here's an opinion about Sweden from thief's point of view:

1.Police work is very effective, but the worst problem is people who call to police immediately after they saw some criminal acting(stealing, atack and e.t.c)

2. Stealing is still easy, because Sweden is safe country with low crime rate, and peoples simply do not hide/lock some valuable things.

3. Prisons are like hotels with great food, free cigaretess, job opportunity and other things.. One man who was imprisoned in Sweden told me, that if there could be dances and some girls inside a prison, he almost could live there forever..Other told, that he got better food than he could get at home..

4. Swedes are simply good people, so criminals can apply a lot of froud/scam schemes there.

5. No one cares about sentenses(if you do not sell drugs) or fines, because you simply can leave the country and you don't need to pay.

There are o lot of simple ways to solve such problems, but i will keep my advices for my self, until I am not paid fot that..
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