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Opposition proposes new serious crime unit

TT/The Local · 17 Aug 2010, 12:37

Published: 17 Aug 2010 12:37 GMT+02:00

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However, Thomas Bodström, the chairman of the committee for justice of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, stopped short of calling it a tip organisation for a Swedish Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The proposed police unit would consist of several thousand people.

"We will have a very powerful organization," said Bodström, a former justice minister and the Social Democrats' justice spokesman.

The Social Democrats call for merging the National Criminal Police (Rikskriminalpolisen), the Swedish Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen) and Swedish Economic Crime Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten).

The new national tip organisation would be called the National Police Organisation Against Economic and Organised Crime (Polisens riksorganisation mot ekonomisk och organiserad brottslighet, Reko).

Bodström asserted that Sweden currently has enough police officers and that they basically have the tools they need, including the possibility of bugging.

However, according to Bodström, what is missing is a powerful organisation against serious crime. He claimed that there is redundant work and turf wars within the police.

"Everyone knows this, but it is nothing anyone speaks highly of," said Bodström.

He added he not call the proposed organisation a tip agency for a Swedish FBI.

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"That line of thinking is in the wrong direction," said Bodström. "In the US, there is a completely different brutality and worse rule of law."

The Social Democrats are the only party to back the proposal. However, Bodström said that the first reactions from the Left and Green Parties' political law spokespeople have been positive regarding the merger of the authorities.

The proposal forms an integral part of the party's new legal policies borrowed from comic strip character The Phantom's motto "tough against the tough."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:07 August 17, 2010 by Audrian
The expansion of the police force should be done with caution at the recruitment and training levels. Absolute care should be taken to avoid the recruitment of criminal oriented or racist individuals. Experience sharing with countries like Japan, where crime rate is the lowest in the industrial world and prisoners size per 100,000 people is also the lowest, can provide useful lessons. Sensitization of the population to help police investigation and expose criminals is also worth exploring.
14:34 August 17, 2010 by wabasha
crime? where?
21:15 August 17, 2010 by Jan M
And another 'comment' offering cheap clothes. Couple of choices here. Pull it or publish the identity of the poster. I favor the latter.

And now to the topic in question. Serious crime. There's a problem. Sweden's record on sentencing for those responsible for rape, sexual assault, drugs offences and murder is pitiful - short sentences and inadequately resourced policing. A well resourced serious crime force is needed but backed up by judges with the sentencing power to deliver a few decades in the can plus appropriately remote maximum security prisons - I'd favor clustering them in the far North if possible, the bleaker the better. Reforming sentencing is actually easier however than setting up a serious crime force with the appropriate skills and equipment. Of course ex-military personnel would be ideal for certain roles and frankly when it comes to some of the groups (Hell's Angels, Bandidos, Balkan gangs, extreme fascist, leftwing and islamic groups etc.) why not just use Särskilda Skyddsgruppen or Särskilda Inhämtningsgruppen backed by military intelligence services and sweep up afterwards. As long as every genuine serious threat to Swedish society is hit with an equal level of force regardless of race or religion that's the main thing. I don't want to judge but I think that SSG/SIG would find that role slightly more rewarding than serving in Afghanistan.
11:39 August 18, 2010 by hpunlimited
Why catch criminals when they get to walk free in no time?
13:19 August 18, 2010 by Tennin
They should also change their sentencing, since sex crimes seem to be the easiest thing people can get away with. Tougher sentencing would be something to add to the list.
13:38 August 19, 2010 by flintis
Changing the immigration & integration policies would greatly reduce crime.

Putting more officers out & on the beat would not just reduce crime, it would lead to healthier Police.
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