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Drunk driving Swedish police rarely fired: report

The Local/vt · 18 Feb 2011, 12:39

Published: 18 Feb 2011 12:39 GMT+01:00

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"If there is a disorder and a treatment plan, we generally do not decide on dismissal according to established practice," general counsel Lotta Gustafsson of the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) told the newspaper.

The number of police officers convicted of drunk driving has sharply increased in the last two years. Of the 216 police officers who were prosecuted from 2005 to 2010, one-quarter faced drunk driving offences, according to statistics compiled by the Metro.

Of the 55 police officers who were convicted of drunk driving, one-third of the cases involved aggravated drink driving, often accompanied by short prison sentences.

In several cases, the officer were also involved in crashes with other vehicles and also neglected treatment plans.

However, only one officer has lost his job through the police's staff disciplinary board (Polisens personalansvarsnämnd - PAN), which expresses its opinions according to the Swedish Labour Court's (Arbetsdomstolen) practices, the report showed.

The sole policeman who lost his job was twice suspected of driving drunk through two police checkpoints in Gothenburg and was sentenced for a total of 11 different crimes.

Other police officers were allowed to keep their jobs due to reasons such as that they were not considered to have substance abuse problems and had relatively low blood alcohol content levels when they were pulled over, the report said.

Among the incidents included in the report included drunk police officers driving into ditches and garage doors and one was involved in a highway crashes heavily under the influence of alcohol. All of the officers involved kept their jobs.

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All the convictions involved incidents which occurred while off-duty.

When asked if there is a risk that police officers would abuse the practice of not being fired after getting caught for the first time, Swedish Police Union (Polisförbundet) chairperson told Metro, "I believe and hope that they will not."

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Your comments about this article

13:14 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
Rule of thumb from the police to the public:

Do as I say, not as I do.
13:46 February 18, 2011 by oasking
Don't they have immunity? Ohhh, then why keep them in the force if they are a danger to the society they are suppose to be protecting?

They should pay the fees and penalties other citizens are paying for similar offcence.
14:09 February 18, 2011 by eppie

Indeed, but don't forget; this is Sweden.

In Sweden you can do anything you like in a car and the chance of being caught is close to 0.

Traffic police doesn't exist here, at least, I have never seen them.
15:12 February 18, 2011 by theict
"only one has lost their job".................is it English website or .....
15:45 February 18, 2011 by Nemesis
This is Sweden. Do as I say. Do not do as I do.
15:59 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
@ Nemesis

19:16 February 18, 2011 by mikewhite
Well, it's the phrase that immediately springs to mind, don't think you are claiming to have invented it !
21:36 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
@ mikewhite

Well, it's the phrase that immediately springs to mind, don't think you are claiming to have invented it !

Gee, when the first person makes a comment, why don't we ALL make the same comment...... over and over and over. How stupid is that?
19:58 February 19, 2011 by loudasthunder
I passed that lame surprise breath test, and passed with only a couple of beers a few hours earlier - no probs, but it all depends in the individual.

The notion that favour is given to the police, is more than likely true, it even happens in the states.

But, at least the cops in the states are 'Real' police, unlike these wussy 'security guards on wheels' - Swedish police are not only the biggest joke, there an insult to law enforcement careers worldwide.
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