More police for each Krone
Norwegians are not getting value for all the money that is currently being spent on police, says Per Sandberg, Deputy Leader of the Progress Party and Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice. “The resources allocated to the police must be managed in a better way”, says Sandberg.
Sandberg stresses that the Progress Party believes the police should be given greater resources; however, the money allocated must be managed in a better way.
Although millions of Kroners have been allocated to the police over the past few years, their visibility has not increased. Reports show that 9 out of 10 recently graduated police officers are placed behind a desk. “It is obvious for everyone that this doesn’t contribute to crime prevention”, says Sandberg.
The Progress Party is now calling for a stronger result-orientation within the police force, in addition to an evaluation of the current pension system and work schedules.
“The Police Union must be willing to discuss pensions and work schedules. They need to ask themselves whether the current system that has resulted in few officers on duty when the need is greatest is beneficial”, says Sandberg.