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S and M would like to extend the training for stewards

a number of different events where the stewards have made the criticised interventions in Stockholm, has received much attention in the recent past. Not least the situation where a pregnant woman was held down on a bench at the Hötorget metro station on January 31, has led to strong reactions. The event was a world first when, inter alia, the BBC and the New York Times reported on the situation.

the social democrats in the Stockholm Region would like to now that the training that stewards must undergo to be extended in order to improve the guards ' conditions in his role, tells oppositionsregionrådet Jens Sjöström (S), which also sits in the trafiknämnden and in SL's board of directors.

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– There have been a number of reports over time where it has created an image where we can see that we need to tighten the requirements and can make more from the region than we do today. It is not good to doubt in the trust. People should be able to feel safe in public transport, " he says.

for trafiknämnden the social democrats have, therefore, compiled a letter with a number of proposals. Jens Sjöström tells us that the region should take responsibility for ensuring that stewards have the training required for them to carry out their tasks successfully.

One of the proposals is therefore to ”endeavour to extend the ordningsvaktsutbildningen and secure a mandatory, quality-assured test”. The two-week long training that is a prerequisite for getting work as a security guard is enough according to Jens Sjöström not at the moment.

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– The training is very, very short and you work then with efforts that would otherwise only police officers have the right to implement. The region can set the requirements for an extension of the training. And it must also be much tougher and more stringent requirements on training, " he says.

" We do not have the right to determine how long it needs to be. There may be a discussion between open that determines it. But it should include more time if, among other things, values and norms.

if it had been better if ordningsvakterna in the Stockholm public transport would be directly employed by the SL instead of via various security companies. The investigation would also examine whether the SL's control and Trygghetscentralen should be carried out in-house, for better coordination between the three functions.

– But before you can determine it, you should do a factual investigation. It is important and reasonable to carry out such an investigation in order to get the question completely lit, " says Jens Sjöström.

trafikregionråd and chairman of SL, explains that he is positive to the proposal to extend the training for the stewards.

" It sounds like music in my ears. I have been pushing this for a long time and will always applaud when a party comes to life in a matter important as this, " he says.

He describes a growing need for well-trained stewards on public transport as the violence has increased in some respects.

– In a growing degree, we are in a coarsened reality where the development goes against the increasingly violent events. When is the extended training of stewards is extremely important. We should be on our national decision-makers responsible for the police, but it will not be enough so we need to review our own work in the region with this, which already resulted in the in practice, we add an extra ordningsvaktsutbildning for those who work in the SL-traffic, " says Kristoffer Tamsons.

" I think we need action and not to further an investigation now. In addition, I see it almost as a bit farcical that the social democrats, who so clearly failed with responsibility for the police now also want to take over and be responsible for all the stewards.

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