Complaints over short-staffing within the police, and a lack of jobs for graduates of the state police academy, seemed to vanish this week when the state Police Directorate announced creation of 350 new positions. The new positions will be ready to be filled by this summer.
The expansion of police staffing all over Norway means that most members of a record-large graduating class from the police academy this year can be sent straight into new jobs. Many of the jobs will be located n the Oslo area, while the remainder will be spread over police districts around the country.
In addition to the 350 new positions, funding was provided for another 202 jobs for those who graduated last year.
“The academy has had a goal of getting newly educated police officers onto the force as soon as possible,” Håkon Skulstad, chief of the police academy, told news bureau NTB. “It’s great that so many new jobs are now being created. It’s good for the academy and our students, and good for the Norwegian police.”
Calls have gone out for years to boost police patrols in Oslo and many other towns and cities in Norway, as local politicians grapple with rising crime rates. Their hands are often tied, though, since the police in Norway are a state force, not local. The justice ministry is responsible for the police in Norway.