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DN Debate. A reduction in police training risks compromising security

the security situation in our part of the world has deteriorated, and the threats to Sweden are greater than they have been for many years. The threat of terrorism has for a long time remained at an elevated level. Extremistmiljöerna have, according to the security Police plant in the form of the number of people who turn against our democratic system and who believe that our current system of governance lacks legitimacy.

Add to that a more complex brottsstruktur with more svåruppklarade crime, a technology that allows both a boundless crime, as well as new types of crime, at the same time as the deadly skjutvapenvåldet reached levels we haven't seen before, and a worrying development in the country's most crime areas. The police professions today is not the same as ten years ago. There are greater demands on the knowledge and skills of new police officers need to have with their luggage when they come out of the business.

to do the job needed therefore a strong expansion of the number of police officers in the coming years. The good thing is that there is virtually full agreement among all political parties that there should be 10 000 more police services in the year 2024, the majority of which should be police officers.

Politicians should never play experiment with police training in its quest to accelerate the achievement of a certain numbers. The consequences of such an experiment are too serious.

The worrying thing is that there are political parties who are prepared to gena in the curves and corners on quality and competence in order to cope with the challenge.

in Order to more quickly get more police on the streets and in the squares they want to shorten the training of police officers in the external service, which could lead to several serious consequences:

the Deterioration of security for both police officers and the general public. A reduction in training for police officers in external services represents a loss of sound in a variety of physical police operation. It is likely to result in a degradation of safety both for police and for the public which would be devastating given the current threats and brottsutveckling.

Deterioration of the rule of law. Police officers must have the knowledge and skills required for the legally sound decision, actions and interventions. Sometimes, no more than a few seconds for important decisions, which later will hold for legal review. In order to be able to act in a way that builds trust and legitimacy of police powers, it is necessary that theoretical knowledge is in place and is strongly linked with the practical work. Today, we know that narrowly reaches the level with the current utbildningslängd. Then what would happen if the training be shortened?

Deterioration of the results. Many of us want to see an increase in brottsuppklarning. Police officers in external services are those that normally take the absolutely necessary förstahandsåtgärder which is the basis for the investigations in case of suspicion of crime. To collect evidence and materials, which can lead to prosecution and conviction is therefore one of the most important measures. Pull down on the training for police officers, they will have less knowledge and skills with them out of the business. Is liable to affect the investigation results negatively. Most likely, this will be reflected in the police's ability to detect and intervene against crime.

A fragmented police force. To introduce a kortutbildad the police would be to create an a - and B-team. It would be extremely unfortunate to divide the police force in this way, not least from an operational perspective. The flexibility available in the day means that all the police can intervene in all policing when it is required. Shorter police training will lead to befogenhetsbegränsningar of some police officers. It may on the contrary lead to a reduction in the ability to solve crimes.

Among the general public, there is a large understanding for polisyrkets complexity. In a study that Sifo did on behalf of the police federation in the fall, said 95 per cent that they believe that the current police training at 2.5 years should be maintained or even extended. Among the police themselves – the ones who actually know what is required for a good performing policing – that is 9 out of 10 receive a shortened training, according to a Novus poll police federation recently made.

Therefore, we are targeting the following calls to the country's politicians:

the Goal about 6 000-7 000 more police officers to 2024 will be hard to achieve, but the right quantity may not be achieved by a deterioration in the quality. Police officers need a variety of knowledge and skills and you may either cut away or cut down on the necessary sound. Do you do it, it will in the long term to affect the results, the security and thus also legal certainty and the security of society.

Sweden has by international standards a relatively small police force. It is a choice that the politicians have done and based on that you have a corps that is flexible and where police officers used where they are most needed – whether it is about to go into investigative work or to pick at the weapons and protective equipment for working out at a large control or at a suspected terrorist attack. For that to be possible, the police officers continue to be trained for both internal and external services.

police training has been the subject of several state investigations. On top of that now the Conservatives have proposed a further investigation. Now it'll be the end of it with velandet. There are very strong arguments that the police training needs to be extended in order to increase both police skills and the skills so that they are well prepared for both current and future crime. An extended education can not become a reality overnight, however, the political decision must be taken now so that the work can begin.

Politicians should never play experiment with police training in its quest to accelerate the achievement of a certain numbers. The consequences of such an experiment are too serious. Instead, the police professions is valued by assuring that the Police be equipped with police skills appropriate to the crime and the threats that the business and the country has to deal with.

The police officers who are trained for the future must be equipped to adapt to the demands of the future. It is about society's ability to combat crime, to protect the security and to defend the democratic social order where people can enjoy their freedoms and rights. There are questions that need to be taken very seriously and that is about all our safety.

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