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 […]

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 […]