Sweden’s Dreyer named security body police chief

Sweden's Dreyer named security body police chief
Then-police chief Dreyer and customs inspector Susanne Lindgren at a bust, 1999
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a European security body, has named Sweden's Knut Dreyer as the new head of its police unit (SPMU), the organisation announced on Friday.

Dreyer, a highly experienced officer who has worked for the European Union and the United Nations, was the OSCE’s police reform adviser in Kyrgyzstan from 2007 to 2008 and also worked with the organisation’s mission in Croatia, according to the Swedish foreign ministry. He will take up his new post on August 30th.

The OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organisation. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control, human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections. Most of its 3,500-plus staff are engaged in field operations, with only around 10 percent working at its headquarters in Vienna.

The OSCE’s Strategic Police Matters Unit advises member states on effective policing and reforms and conducts training as part of the organisation’s bid to fight organised crime as well as human and drug trafficking.

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