N Ågot is rotten in the Swedish police. This is evident in the musty smell which seeps out periodically. This is evident in poliskommunikatören as blinds pedophile suspect and warn people to take advantage of the freedom of communication. This is evident in the dark of the police action on asylum accommodation and sexual abuse at festivals, which then turns into speculative gambit. And it does not get any better of the flurry of promotional activity by the police hundreds of communicators and a million remunerated advertising agencies.
One would think that the police entered a crisis in conjunction with the major reorganization, everything will be fine again as soon as the set. But unfortunately the evidence suggests that this is the normal situation. Hanne Kjöllers “A Swedish Tiger” show a police culture of autocratic bosses, corrupt informal practices, silence, culture and, above all, a compact unwillingness to take the criticism and improve operations.
Hanne Kjøller is for everyday an ideologically-driven editorial writer at the Daily News. For those who do not read the DN, she is probably best known for the fiasco of his last book, “A half truth is a lie”, which regrettably was laden with just half-truths and errors. To persuade skeptical readers is “A Swedish Tiger” equipped with bulky’s Notes, and the involved police chiefs are named, so they have every opportunity to respond to any errors in public.
The book describes nine cases involved police officers, who pointed to shortcomings in operations, harassed and expelled. One of the most notable cases are the police and the researcher Stefan Holgersson who engage in highly relevant research on police work. He has been in several studies produced data that is priceless for any organization that wants to develop, but because it has not been particularly flattering his managers worked against and harassed him.
Kjøller had an eye on the police for many years, and seen a culture where the whistleblower and ordinary police officers who happen to be dedicated enough to try to improve the business isolated and punished. The methods are studied. The Inconvenient can be deprived of his service weapon and sent to the psychologist. In any case, you will be inexplicably empty map narcotic drugs. In the second put in motion the extensive internal investigation against the staff uncomfortable, not because they suspect irregularities, but because they hope to find something – anything – that could be grounds for dismissal or reassignment. Frequently, simply such a hostile climate through gossip and ostracism that he can not be bothered to be there.
The testimonies in the book is appalling; in many cases, several executives involved in abusive or even criminal activities, but is still left in high positions. At the same time, one must remember that the Swedish police is a large organization, and the book gives no clear quantitative picture of how widespread the problem is. Perhaps there are police regions where everything works impeccably. But Hanne Kjöllers thorough work showing that it is not at the level of individual incidents, but about structural problems in several parts of the organization.
Unfortunately, the police’s problems are not limited to lousy personnel policy. Law enforcement is difficult to explain the reasons deteriorating. As Hanne Kjøller succinctly sums up the situation in the book’s introduction: “The number of police officers has never been more. Resources are never greater. The percentage of solved crimes never less. “In some strange way seems the police become less effective the more resources it gets.
Right now the police face major challenges, racist thugs who attack innocent on the open streets, asylum places exposed to attacks, escalating amounts of deportation cases to enforce and thousands of children who come to Sweden without parents, without a clear vision of their future and sometimes with severe trauma as the only luggage. Our society is short, at a time when we are completely dependent on a responsive, learning and performance-oriented police force. A police force we can rely on. Worryingly Kjøller make clear that we do not have one.