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Fewer Police Officers in Iceland While Crime Increases

The number of police officers working full time in Iceland was 696 in 2009, down from 724 in 2008. This is a four percent decrease and there haven’t been so few police officers working in Iceland in ten years. At the same time, the crime level has increased.

Icelandic police officers. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

These statistics are included in the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police’s annual report, which was presented yesterday, Morgunbladid reports.

According to the report, penal code violations increased by five percent in 2009 compared to the previous year, up from 14,578 to 15,296. This development is believed to be caused mainly by an increase in thefts and break-ins.

Other less severe violations, such as traffic violations, decreased between years but not as much as penal code violations increased.

The report also reveals a reduction in distances driven by police in all jurisdictions. In 2009, 1.2 million fewer kilometers were driven by police vehicles than in 2006. The explanation for this development is savings measures and a changed work method.

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