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Police Express Concern over Lack of Officers

Since the jurisdictions of Reykjavík, Kópavogur and Hafnarfjördur were merged into the Capital Region Police on January 1, 2007, the number of police officers has decreased while inhabitants in the region have increased. Police are concerned about this development.

“The police chief has announced that we have to advertise for people. We need substitutes for the summer vacations and also more officers in general,” Óskar Sigurpálsson, chairman of the Police Association of Reykjavík, told Fréttabladid.

There were 347 police officers in the capital region on February 1, 2005. Two years later the number had dropped to 339. Sigurpálsson said all police departments suffer from lack of staff and that lack of funding is the primary reason for this development.

General price increases like fuel make it more expensive for the police to operate yet the state is reluctant to grant additional funding to the police authority.

According to an announcement by the Capital Region Police on January 3, 2007, one of the reasons for merging the jurisdictions in the region into one was to increase the safety of inhabitants.

One of the key factors in reaching that goal is to make police officers more visible, but that does not seem possible with the ongoing lack of police officers.

Sigurpálsson is, however, hopeful that people will respond positively to job advertisements and new officers will join the police this spring.

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