- Police in northern Sweden say they’re having to take on some jobs usually contracted out to security guards, which is taking time away from their usual work.
- The security company that Police Region North signed a contract with cannot deliver the security guards that were promised, according to Police Region North’s deputy chief Lars Wahlberg.
- He says police officers are having to escort suspects long distances, a job that should be done by the security company. A spokesperson for the security company Securus says it has been difficult to find staff in northern Sweden.
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Police response times up to an hour slower in Arctic Finland, Yle News
Norway: Police in Arctic Norway say helicopter now needed for border surveillance, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Police respond to rising burglaries in Swedish Lapland, Radio Sweden
United States: U.S. Justice Dept. awards $42 million in tribal grants to fight crime, help victims in rural Alaska, Alaska Public Media