Police in Norway losing local knowledge

Norway police adopted modernizing and restructuring measures after the 2011 terror murders of 77 people, mainly youth, in Oslo and the nearby island of Utoya. Changes have included more emphasis on emergency preparedness and tactical response, with a focus on operational management. According to a recent survey of 3,100 police officers, however, “larger police districts, fewer police stations and less local presence have led to weaker local knowledge,” as reported here. Only about 7% of the officers think the changes have resulted in improved policing for the public.

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