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Police fraud unit closed due to high workload

TT/The Local · 29 Oct 2010, 16:40

Published: 29 Oct 2010 16:40 GMT+02:00

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Four Stockholm county police officers are working on five large investigations involving nearly 2,000 victims. About another 200 cases remain a high priority in the so-called balance.

Detective superintendent Bernt Isaksson is the director of the group and confirmed that the workload is very high.

"I have nothing to do with the closure, but I have described our situation. And it has led to this," he said.

The closure of a police unit by the safety ombudsman is a rather unusual event.

"I have worked 40 years at this firm and do not know the suspension of any activity," said Isaksson.

The unit has now resumed its work, but the problem with the extreme workload has not yet been resolved.

Rickard Johansson, assistant county criminal investigation director in Stockholm, pointed out that it is unusual for the safety ombudsman to stop police activities.

"We are currently examining this in full and will do everything to resolve it in the best way," he said.

Lars Ericson, a negotiator for the police authority in Stockholm, agreed that action must be taken to improve the work environment of the affected group. He said that an action plan has been submitted to the safety ombudsman and he expects continued communication on the matter.

"However, it has failed in this case. As to whose fault it is, one can always have discussions about that. We received the notice about the safety ombudsman work suspension quite suddenly. And it was totally unexpected on our part since we had established an action plan that we thought would work," said Ericson.

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The employer must now report to the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) about the measures that are planned. Ericson expects a decision about the work in a couple of weeks and does not want to discuss the action plan further before then.

"However, it is mostly about easing the work burden so that we can allocate the work in a different way," he said.

When asked whether it may involve a supply of new resources, Ericson added, "It is by no means impossible. However, that does not mean it will be so."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:47 October 29, 2010 by bbryan29
im sorry but that was so stupid to close this unit now, if you infact have more fraud cases then there is a problem so maybe, you should increase the number of investagotrs to look into this so that the fruad can be stopped.


american in love with sweden

18:29 October 29, 2010 by maxbrando
Only the Scandinavians would close down a police investigation unit rather than close some useless social organizations to fund the primary function of a soverign nation -public safety and security. Money scams are the worst of criminal offenses because they rob people of their life savings! What in the world are you thinking!!!! You Swedes are just that - Swedes (cabbage heads).
18:54 October 29, 2010 by Nemesis
So, who with major connections did they investigate by accident to be shut down?
19:43 October 29, 2010 by mojofat
Makes perfect sense. We're too busy so let's scrap the whole thing. Love that kind of logical, customer-oriented thinking.
19:52 October 29, 2010 by calebian22
Good point Nemesis. Ding ding ding we have a winner!
21:02 October 29, 2010 by nrc71
Well, that makes sense. :-/
10:36 October 30, 2010 by Decedo
Makes perfect sense in Sweden. I bet the officers are now taking counseling due to 'work stress'.
12:13 October 30, 2010 by foxpur
The concept seems twisted... if you have more work you increase staff or backlog based on urgency... not close. That just makes the problem get bigger.
12:16 October 30, 2010 by Tennin
@Nemesis - really good point!

Too bad all the wonderful taxes paid wasn't used to employ more police officers to work on the project. Or maybe they gotta send skatteverket on project since if someone made money without paying taxes that's a huge crime here.
15:23 October 30, 2010 by beefinswede
This stinks to high heaven of government / corporate / the wealthy corruption.
16:32 October 30, 2010 by Tdye
here in America we have too many people working on on case..maybe we could loan yall some folks..like our road crews.. there will be 15 guys standing around 1 hole in the street while 1 guy is filling it with asphalt..and 2 flag guys ..not to mention they have the whole road backed up for miles ..all day long..so if you need some guys ill call Obama and let him know that Sweden needs change too
19:43 October 30, 2010 by maxbrando
Actually, I believe there is an international union work rule (made in a Geneva organization) that requires AT LEAST 3 guys watching the guy in the hole working. The safety guys are 500 meters away doing the flagging. Handys are not allowed for communication between them. All started in the EU somewhere!
01:59 October 31, 2010 by Tdye
i don't know what a handy is...is it a walkie talkie? (hand held radio)

that is a great comment though lol..im pretty sure it is just American Government spending more money on useless projects rather than actually helping the country

but even if that rule thing were true..that still leaves 12 guys that the Sweden fraud unit could use..dont worry about the cost..Amercia has it's own money tree...apparently
10:38 November 1, 2010 by Alf Garnett
They had to close down the unit, the Immigration Dept needed both the money & the space for the next shipment of refugees!!
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