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Capital Region Police Requesting More Funds

Chief of the Capital Region Police Stefán Eiríksson has requested additional funds from the Ministry of Justice to cope with increasing operational difficulties, lack of qualified police officers and higher expenses, partially caused by rising fuel prices.

“We have reached a certain limit and from now on the situation stops being responsible,” Eiríksson told Morgunbladid, referring to the fact that there were only 14 police officers on duty in the capital region last Saturday night when they should have been at least 20.

There were 18 percent fewer police officers on call last Saturday night than in the same period before the police departments in the capital region merged in 2007.

The department has run into operational difficulties and although it is still operating within limits of allocated funds, Eiríksson has applied for increased funds from the Ministry of Justice next year.

Few new police officers applied for a job at the Capital Region Police department this year, but Eiríksson is hopeful the situation will improve next year.

“It confirms what the National Association of Police Officers has been saying for the past few weeks, months and years, that so-called visible policing is on the decline,” said chairman of the association, Snorri Magnússon.

“Police officers are decreasing in all parts of the country, in our opinion because of poor wages and stressful working conditions,” Magnússon added.

Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason said that the problem the police are facing will be considered while deciding on the national budget for next year.

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