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Record number of Swedes flock to police training

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Record number of Swedes flock to police training
Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT
07:58 CEST+02:00
More people applied to be in the Swedish police force than ever before, with the strength of Sweden's police force a hot topic in the looming election.

A record 9,594 people applied for police training for this summer's intake, with 4,565 called in for testing.

In the coming days, another record-amount of 791 will find out they have passed the test and will be invited to police training.

A spokesperson for the police told the TT news agency it was “delightful” that so many people were being called in. 

As recently as January 2016 the national police force only had capacity to train 300 would-be officers at a time, but that figure has since been stretched to 800 spots.

However, while the extra numbers mean more jobs for teachers and administrative workers, the police force still expects dropouts from its students. 

In January, for example, 624 people were offered training spots, but that number dropped to 541 after just a few weeks. 

Last summer the number dipped from 693 to 625.

Strengthening Sweden's police force has been a focal point of the upcoming elections. The Social Democrats and Greens have promised 10,000 extra police officers by 2024.

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