December 20, 2016
Sweden’s police force, which has been plagued by understaffing, underpayment and low crime detection, is making efforts to become more “diverse” in order to cater to Sweden’s increasingly diverse population. Authorities are hoping immigrants will give the police more “street cred.”
According to new police guidelines, immigrants will comprise a greater proportion of future police officers. The project World Integrated into Swedish Police (abbreviated to VISP) aims to increase the so-called diversity at all levels.
“We need a lot more diversity in the police, applying to everything from ethnicity to different experiences and backgrounds,” Carin Götblad, who leads the VISP project, said in a press release.
Through hiring more ethnic minorities, Swedish police hope to find a common language with dozens of “no-go zones” in Swedish cities, which are in effect a euphemism for burgeoning ethnic ghettoes, marked by unemployment and crime. Police, rescue services and ambulances are reluctant to visit these “exclusion areas” (which is another term for tidying up the grim reality), where they are habitually met with stones and Molotov cocktails.
“The police are there for everyone. In order to be able to meet all members in society, we must understand different cultures. Therefore, we need more police employees with a foreign background,” project manager Kia Samrell explained.
This article was posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:56 am