Swedish Police "Unmotivated" to Fight Rising CrimeAdding to the general collapse of Swedish society, Swedish police officers feel "unmotivated" to fight crime, a new study shows. Police researcher Stefan Holgersson, who has interviewed 2000 Swedish police officers, says the problem is not due to a lack of police. Oh, really? Well, Sweden has a very low number of police officers per capita, even compared to Scandinavian neighbors. Gangs of 14 - 15-year-olds raping and robbing is now common in many Stockholm suburbs. Mafia networks demanding protecting money from private businesses and giving bomb threats to municipal workers are increasingly common. Organized crime is no longer just a problem in the major cities. It has now spread throughout most of Sweden. And while all this is going on, the underfunded police must be very careful with what they say in public, lest they fuel "racism and xenophobia". That's why Anna Gustafsson, head of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Malmö Police, thinks it's "great news" that the number of rape charges is rising sharply in her city. She suggests that the increase is due to the fact that women who otherwise wouldn’t press charges for rape now choose to contact the police. Does she even believe this herself, or has she been instructed to say so for political reasons?
I don't have a problem understanding that Swedish police are "unmotivated". What I have a problem with is understanding why anybody would want to serve in the police in Sweden at all. Must be a lot of masochists in Sweden:
Police "unmotivated" to fight crime
Swedish police have copped a load of criticism from a new study which reveals half the force takes little or no initiative in fighting crime. Researcher Stefan Holgersson, who dedicated eleven years of his life to the force, interviewed 2000 former colleagues and officers and studied reports from the country’s 21 police authorities as part of a doctoral thesis. Holgersson concluded that many newly trained and ambitious police officers soon lose their drive when confronted with the inefficiencies of the organisation. Holgersson also found that the work rate of officers plummets as they get older. As Thursday’s Dagens Nyheter put it, "local policemen have given up". Holgersson states a series of factors which contribute to the constabulary’s passive attitude, including dissatisfaction with management, difficulties with the legal system and widespread negativity within the force. "The police are already able to manage serious crimes, such as murder. But with better organisation burglary and other less serious offences can surely be combatted," added Bodström. While they may lack the motivation to catch petty thieves, Swedish police will soon be more visible on the streets.