Police apologize for harassing gays

Norwegian police announced on Wednesday that they plan to officially apologize for unfair treatment and even harassment of homosexuals in earlier years. The police also apologized for having sparked fear among some gays and lesbians. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the police have been planning to gather employees, students at the police academy and invited […]

Police, military tied to weapon scandal

Norwegian police have revealed a fairly brisk illegal weapons trade, after finding and seizing stashes of more than 2,000 firearms believed to stem from illegal sales. Several of the nearly 70 people charged in the case so far have worked within the armed forces or the police themselves. Police for Norway’s southeastern police district in […]

Security to be high on 17th of May

Norwegian police in small towns as well as the country’s cities will be armed, many for the first time, when Norway celebrates its Constitution Day on the 17th of May. Researchers are unsure whether Norwegians will feel safer or be offended by the sight of guns, even in discreet holsters. “I think it’s fine,” one […]

Stolen cyanide recovered, two arrested

Police announced the recovery during the weekend of stolen medicine and chemicals that included a cannister of cyanide capable of killing 125 people. The dangerous stash was stolen along with the delivery van carrying it last month, and found only after a wild car chase Friday night. The drama began February 20, when police reported […]

Supreme court rejected cop’s appeal

Norway’s highest court (Høyesterett) has rejected an appeal from former Oslo Police inspector Eirik Jensen. That clears the way for a new trial back at the appeals court level, after appeals court judges had refused to accept a jury’s decision that acquitted Jensen of smuggling hash but convicted him of corruption. Jensen’s defense attorney had […]

Accused cop faces a brand new trial

A jury of 10 Norwegians found former Oslo police officer Eirik Jensen guilty of exaggerated corruption on Monday, but they acquitted him on charges of also actually being involved in smuggling drugs into Norway. Then it was up to a panel of professional judges to determine Jensen’s fate, and they tossed out his acquittal. The […]

PST boss takes over state police

Benedicte Bjørnland has won praise for her leadership of Norway’s police intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) during the past six years. Now Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara has appointed Bjørnland to head the country’s entire state police directorate. “The police are in the middle of a major restructuring and we also have major reforms underway,” […]

Bomb suspect held in prison

A Norwegian man in his early 40s from Skedsmo was ordered held during the weekend for at least four weeks in prison, charged with sending a bomb to the main police station for Norway’s eastern police district. He appealed the custody order immediately. The man has a long record of vandalism, sexual assault and hatred […]

Bomb sent to police ‘was meant to kill’

A suspicious package sent to the main police station in Ski, south of Oslo, was found to contain what investigators describe as a “sharp bomb with potential to cause widespread damage.” It was not sent simply as part of a bomb scare, police claimed on Thursday, but “was meant to kill.” The drama began Wednesday […]

Aggressive youth confronted police

A street brawl in Oslo late Saturday night turned into a violent attack on police that has shaken local authorities. The police seemed to lose control over aggressive youth who assaulted officers and even kicked a police dog. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that more than 100 young Norwegians were gathered outside a McDonald’s restaurant on […]