Police accused of sexual harassment

Norway’s state police force is run by women, as is the state police academy. That hasn’t prevented sexual harassment from permeating the ranks, not least at the academy itself, but now the leaders claim they’re cracking down. “There’s been a bad power culture and a culture dominated by men,” said Justice Minister Monica Mæland, referring […]

Police criticized after mosque shooting

An external investigation of police response to last year’s shooting at a mosque in suburban Bærum has resulted in some sharp criticism. It took police far too long to reach the mosque, and they had cooperated poorly after receiving earlier tips about the assailant, a young Norwegian man known for racist attitudes. Both local police […]

Speeding zooms in the Corona crisis

There’s been an alarming acceleration in the numbers of Norwegian motorists caught driving at high rates of speed in recent weeks. Oslo police point to a marked decline in traffic during the Corona crisis that has opened up the roads, tempting speedsters to step far too heavily on the gas pedal. Most of the offenders […]

Police have won public confidence

Fully 94 percent of Norwegians feel safe in Norway, and 79 percent have confidence in their police. That’s even higher than two years ago, when an earlier public survey was conducted for the state police directorate. The survey, conducted by research firm Kantar, also showed that public confidence in the police was highest in Oslo, […]

PST raises threat of right-wing terror

Norway’s domestic police intelligence unit PST issued a new terror warning on Thursday that raises the threat of attacks carried out by right-wing extremists. The threat level in Norway, PST believes, is now “clearly worrisome.” Norway already has been the site of one of the worst right-wing extremist attacks in the world, when a young […]

Cop charged with corruption back in court

An appeals court trial began again in Oslo on Wednesday for Eirik Jensen, the retired Oslo police officer who’s been charged and convicted by the Oslo County Court of contributing to the import of 13.9 tons of hash over a 10-year period from 2004. Jensen was also found guilty of corruption and was sentenced to […]

Police unprepared for weekend riot

The US Embassy had managed to warn its own citizens in Oslo of potentially violent demonstrations outside the Turkish Embassy on Saturday. Local police, however, failed to do the same, and ended up admitting on Sunday that they were not prepared for how demonstrations by two groups in conflict with one another quickly escalated into […]

PST ‘underestimates white terror threat’

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST received tips last year about the young Norwegian white supremacist who murdered his adopted ethnically Chinese step-sister and then attacked a mosque in Bærum during the weekend. PST didn’t take contact with him, even though he had access to weapons, and now they’re accused of not taking right-wing extremists seriously […]

Shots fired during Oslo robbery

Two people wearing helmets drove a motorcycle up to the entrance of a jewelry store in the heart of Oslo late Monday morning, stormed in and held it up at gunpoint. Police had two suspects in custody within an hour. “They fired shots inside the store,” operations leader for the Oslo Police, Rune Hekkelstrand, told state […]

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 […]