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 […]

Police pressured to probe corruption

UPDATED: Oslo Police Chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold has admitted there were “several indications” that Eirik Jensen, one of the police force’s most trusted and high-profile officers, didn’t follow instructions for dealing with informants. Jensen now faces 21 years in prison after being convicted of corruption, and the soul-searching among his colleagues and superiors is well underway: […]

‘Hash baron,’ cop guilty as charged

The largest police scandal in Norway since World War II  reached a dramatic climax on Monday when the Oslo City Court handed down the country’s  toughest punishment, 21 years in prison, to veteran police officer Eirik Jensen. The so-called “hash baron” whom Jensen was convicted of protecting and abetting for years, Gjermund Cappelen, was sentenced to a shorter jail term of 15 […]

Extremists’ march spurs protests

A right-wing extremist group that was banned from marching in Fredrikstad over the weekend spurred counter-demonstrations after they marched illegally in Kristiansand instead. More than five-times the number of people who marched on Saturday turned out Sunday to demonstrate their disgust. “When I heard that neo-nazis had come down to Kristiansand I got really angry,” Dennis Torkselsen told Norwegian […]

Little boy gets surprise birthday guests

A five-year-old Norwegian boy named Egil who’s fascinated by the police and even has his own miniature police uniform was overwhelmed when two real live police officers arrived, in full uniform of their own, at his birthday party on Saturday. He’d invited them, but was dumbfounded when they actually showed up. His mother, Synne Aunaas, told […]