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Study to assess values of Swedish police cadets

TT/David Landes · 14 Sep 2009, 08:03

Published: 14 Sep 2009 08:03 GMT+02:00

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The evaluations will be carried out as part of a Nordic research project which includes the participation of Sweden’s three police training academies, the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reports.

Around 300 students who have just begun their training will participate in a preliminary study in order to test the questions which will be asked.

The larger study is due to start during the autumn term of 2010.

The research project comes following a number of incidents in the past year which appeared to reveal a certain level of racial insensitivity within the Swedish police force.

In February, three Malmö police officers were reassigned for calling young people in the predominantly immigrant district of Rosengård “blattajävlar”, an ethnic slur which translates roughly into “damn coloured people” or “damn immigrants”.

A short time later, it was revealed that a police training course in Skåne in southern Sweden included names such as "Neger Niggersson" and "Oskar Neger" (Negro).

More recently, a commander from Landskrona in southern Sweden is at risk for a reprimand after she described a suspect as a “neger”.

And an investigation has been launched into an incident in which a Stockholm police officer is reported to have said, “It's nice to have a chance to smack a negro” in connection with the carrying out of a deportation order against an African man, reports SvD.

“You get equally upset and saddened every time these sort of things happen. We can’t do more than work toward our goal of zero-tolerance,” Marina Rydholm, head of human resources with the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen), told the newspaper.

All cadets who enter police training programmes in Solna near Stockholm, Umeå in northern Sweden, and Växjö in south central Sweden, will participate.

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Police students from Oslo in Norway as well as from Tampere, Finland will also be included in the study.

“We want to see what it is they are after, their backgrounds, views of the profession, how they view society’s basic values, and how those develop over time,” Harriet Jakobsson Öhrn, the head of operational development at the Solna police academy and member of the study’s steering committee, told SvD.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:26 September 14, 2009 by Beynch
Wouldn't Sweden get more bang for the buck if she focused more on the chaos and crime created by the criminal element (regardless of its ethnic extraction) than on a few overworked cops who, in a temporary glitch, got caught up in the heat of the moment? This Nordic research project seems to have its priorities wrong and, in apolitically correct move, appears to pass the buck to where it, unrealistically, does not belong.
14:03 September 14, 2009 by DreEstwd
Why can we comment on this but cannot comment on all of the violence and property destruction committed by the Muslim immigrants over the weekend?
16:35 September 14, 2009 by Pauli
It would seem to me that the experiences that the commentator above rightly points out could naturally foster "attitudes" that the PC zealots deem as 'racist.'

This is very bad for the police and for the Swedish as a whole.
18:27 September 14, 2009 by antoniolgj

Because comment on Muslim destruction can harm community cohesion, and we don't want that... do we?

So let they burn the city down. We can just watch and wonder... "what has this government done?"
20:48 September 14, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
RAISE TAXES and pay the police and fire departments MORE MONEY!

They have very dangerous and thankless jobs and are paid some of the lowest wages I have seen for such dangerous work.

This study and the resulting testing will show NOTHING and do NOTHING!!! Total waste of time and money!!!

WHY??? Because no matter what their views when they START their police careers, seeing criminals getting away with crime and being able to do NOTHING to stop it CAUSES people to BECOME bitter!

If a particularly identifiable segment of the population is causing MOST of the problems, HUMAN BEINGS will become prejudiced and maybe even racist (even when they had no prejudice or racism before becoming police!)

Are we creating these kinds of TESTS for the criminals to take so we can know their motivations???? I doubt it!
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