Sweden urged to recruit police officers from Norway

Sweden’s police union has proposed recruiting police officers from neighbouring Norway in a bid to fight a shortage of officers.

“When it comes to police shortages, we should leave no stone unturned which might help increase staff numbers, and this might be one of the pieces of the puzzle,” Lena Nitz, chairperson of the Swedish Police Union, told the TT newswire.  “In Norway they have more police than they plan to employ. They are newly educated, extremely motivated and in search of police work.”  According to the union, more than 250 trained police officers are currently unable to find a job in Norway, despite completing three years of training and passing a professional exam.  The union wants the government to put some of these officers through a short conversion course and then employ them in Sweden.