Police reform sets off more unrest

There’s rumbling within the ranks of Norway’s state police. Officers on patrol are setting off alarms over not just inadequate staffing but an actual “ravaging” of their ranks, while criticism is flying over how police chiefs around the country are staying mum. “No comment” has been the main response from the police chiefs, a silence […]

Police hushed up concert bomb scare

Just as thousands of mostly young Norwegians were streaming into a huge annual outdoor concert in Oslo last month, police were called to the scene after a suspicious object was found just outside the concert area on City Hall Plaza. They in turn called in their bomb squad, after also finding a pile of DVDs […]

Justice minister wants to re-arm police

UPDATED: Norway’s new justice minister, Tor Mikkel Wara of the Progress Party, is seeking permanent permission from Parliament to allow some police officers to be armed while on patrol in Oslo. He made the re-arming request to Parliament Thursday night, after a meeting with police during the day. The hastily called session was announced by […]

Police academy attracts more women

Norway’s state police academy (Politihøgskolen) has seen a slight decline in its total number of applicants, but is proud that fully 48 percent of them are women. That’s the highest share ever recorded. “We are glad that the share of women applicants is so high,” Ann-Lisbeth Framaas, division leader for academy recruitment, told news bureau […]

Police director prefers disarming

Norway’s ongoing saga over whether its police should be armed or unarmed took another twist on Thursday. The country’s top law enforcement officer now states that he wants Norwegian police to mostly be unarmed, except in “particularly exposed areas.” Police Director Odd Reidar Humlegård submitted official testimony during a public hearing process now underway on […]

PST lowers Norway’s terror threat level

Norway’s state police intelligence unit PST (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste) thinks the risk of a terrorist attack in Norway has declined, and has thus lowered the national terror threat level. PST now thinks, as of last week, that a terrorist attack in Norway is “possible” instead of “probable.” At the same time, however, PST stresses that the […]

PST wants police to always be armed

UPDATED: Norway’s civilian police intelligence unit PST has, for the first time, gone public in recommending that Norwegian police be armed at all times. PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) thinks a state commission that advised against permanent arming last spring had an “imprecise” picture of today’s terror threats. Norway’s justice minister has now followed up by ordering […]

Police, military carry out major anti-terror exercise

Around 900 police and military personnel were taking part in a major anti-terror exercise in Oslo and the southern Agder counties early this week. More police than usual were due on the streets in downtown Oslo, and helicopters were likely to fly overhead. Several ministries and civilian partners were also involved in the exercise. “Our […]

‘Hash baron’ appeals his prison term

Gjermund Cappelen, Norway’s so-called former “hash baron” who was sentenced to prison last week along with a former Oslo police officer, has decided to appeal his 15-year prison term. His defense attorney claims they both feel the sentence is too long and too strict. Cappelen was sentenced along with the former “top cop” Eirik Jensen, […]

Experts justify Jensen’s jail term

Norway’s longest prison term of 21 years is rarely handed out and even convicted murderers have been known to avoid it. Questions have thus arisen over how it could apply to police officer Eirik Jensen, convicted of accepting bribes amounting to less than USD 100,000 and protecting a hash smuggler, but legal experts claim important […]