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Chief of Police to Meet with Minister of Justice over Recent Conflict 

Iceland’s chief of police Haraldur Johannessen will meet with Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir today to discuss recent turmoil within the ranks of the Icelandic police department, Fréttablaðið reports. An interview with Johannessen in Morgunblaðið over the weekend is reported to have ruffled quite a few feathers. In the interview, Johannessen talks about a “smear campaign” made against him by other police officials with “outrageous tactics”, done in an attempt to remove him from office. He also insinuated that corruption is widespread within Iceland’s police department. This is contradicted by an anonymous source who told Fréttablaðið that Johannessen has only been asked to ensure proper working conditions for his underlings.

The squabbling within the police department is mainly centred around Johannessen’s supposed poor handling of funds, his inability to maintain the police car fleet and ensure that police uniforms are in check.

An anonymous police chief, working under Johannessen is quoted by Fréttablaðið as saying he is bewildered by the Morgunblaðið interview and that there is no smear campaign happening. However, the anonymous source says that many within Iceland’s police department have contacted Johannessen recently in order to seek improvement of the police car fleet and uniforms, who are reportedly not up to code at the moment.

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