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Special Forces to Patrol Downtown Reykjavík

By Iceland Review

The Special Forces of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police will patrol downtown Reykjavík alongside regular police officers during weekend nights, beginning next weekend.

“It is clear that this move will increase the number of patrolling police officers considerably, especially in the city center,” Jón Bjartmarz, a senior police officer at the Commissioner’s office, told Fréttabladid.

Bjartmarz explained the Special Forces serve two main purposes. “On the one hand it is a special police team; tending to cases where weapons are involved, arresting dangerous people […], diving, demolishing bombs and supervising security when foreign heads of state visit. On the other hand the team’s purpose is to support the local police departments as a mobile back-up, ready to assist wherever it is needed.”

Bjartmarz said 25 years of experience has shown that it is better for the Special Forces to be an independent unit of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, than an addition to the local police departments.

“When we need it for special projects or exercises we aren’t disturbing the local police departments. But when they need assistance the Special Forces are prepared to tend to common police duties,” Bjartmarz concluded.

The capital region police department and city authorities recently met to discuss how to improve safety in downtown Reykjavík at night.

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