State needs new police director

Norway’s justice ministry will soon be launching a search for a new director of the state police. Current state police director Odd Reidar Humlegård has decided to step down when his six-year term ends in November. Humlegård, age 57, said he simply chose not to apply for an extension of his contract. He told state […]

Police shot suspected boat thief

Police in Kristiansand shot a man in the leg on Wednesday morning in connection with an arrest that involved boat theft. As in any police shooting in Norway, internal affairs personnel were on their way to Kristiansand to investigate its circumstances. Kirsten Lindeberg, police chief of the Agder district that serves Kristiansand, told state broadcaster […]

Solberg stresses security

Prime Minister Erna Solberg seems to realize that the best defense is a good offense: Just days before being called in for questioning by Parliament about her government’s alleged neglect of security improvements, she laid down the cornerstone for the Norwegian police’s new National Preparedness Center. “This is a great day for Norwegian preparedness,” declared […]

Police boost preparedness

Police departments all over Norway are raising their levels of preparedness to the so-called Alfa level. All police officers have been told to be on the alert to hinder espionage in advance of this autumn’s largest NATO exercise ever. More than 40,000 soldiers and support staff from more than 30 countries will be in Norway […]

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 […]