Skip to comments.Not enough police (Norway)
Posted on 08/15/2005 3:02:10 AM PDT by franksolich
Norway has the least amount of police per capita in the Nordic region, and it would take 1,600 new jobs to reach Swedish levels, according to calculations by the Federation of Police Unions (PF).
Sweden has one police officer for every 381 residents, Denmark one for 396. According to a new PF report Norway is a distant last with the needs of 438 citizens covered per officer.
The real difference between Norway's police workload and that of their Swedish colleagues is even greater, with Norwegian officers using 685 man-years on evictions and similar cases, while Sweden has a separate entity for such tasks.
Gearing Norway's police force up to Swedish levels would cost about NOK 1 billion in wages plus equipment and management costs.
"Having as many police officers as possible is not an end in itself. The goal is the least possible criminality, and in that case other means can be just as effective," said justice politician Knut Storberget, a Labor MP.
Nevertheless, Storberget agrees that Norway's police need more resources.
"But I would like a different starting point for discussion than a comparison with our neighbors. It is not certain that this is correct," Storberget said.
There's an ongoing debate--many hard feelings on both sides--up here in northeastern Nebraska, about the number of law-enforcement officials.
It appears there is exactly 1 law-enforcement official per 1,000 of population. Some people think that's too many, and others think that's too few.
I have no opinion on the matter; those very few times I've ever needed a cop (not only here, but elsewhere in the country and the world), there's always been one quickly and effectively.
I'm sure there's tons of crime in Norway that needs tending to by bolstering the police forces (/sarcasm)
So, if their Muslim problem is anything like the Dutch...might support a need for a larger police presence.
The deal is, Norway has one of the smallest percentages of Moslem citizens in all of Europe; virtually nothing, compared with Sweden.
Norway, not part of the European Union, has more-strigent immigration laws, and they deport troublemakers with a vigor that shames even us.
The worrisome thing however is that the Moslem birthrate in Norway is very large, as compared with the regular Norwegian birthrate.....so this could become a serious problem down the road.
If I was them I would find laws on the books that didn't really protect people's rights. Like laws that you need permits to sell koolaid. Which I am sure are absolutely out of control in Europe.
Of couse a labor party official is going to want to expand the money going to police and the number of police officers. As the police unions are very powerful and major contributors to every labor party I have seen around the world.
Same thing with the Democratic party here: More teachers + higher pay per teacher = Much more campaign contributions to the DNC. And how can one argue against paying teachers more, or having a higher teacher to student ratio? Same thing with police.
I spent quite a bit of time in a small town on the West coast of Norway a few years ago. I never saw a policeman. I commented on this several times and was assured that there was a local police force. Finally some of the locals took me to another town to show me the "police station." There was an unmarked door at the rear of a small shopping center. The door was locked and no police cars in evidence. I'll have to admit that I never saw a situation that required police.
I'll have to admit that I never saw a situation that required police.
Did you see any muslims or other immigrants or was the town all Norwegians?
All of the residents I knew and saw were Norwegians. Over a couple of years time during several visits I saw a handful of visitors who were there, one at a time, for short training courses. Didn't know their religion but some were from Africa and some were from the middle east.
When I was there, the Pakis were just moving in and my cousins really hated them. I'm sure their feelings have only increased.
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