Three policewomen from Reykjavík Metropolitan Police ordered the services of a male stripper during a work trip in Poland, RÚV reports. They were there attending a course on hate crimes and extremism that included a visit to Auschwitz. Reykjavík’s Chief of Police Halla Bergþóra Björnsdóttir has refused to tell reporters whether the three women are still employed in the police service.
Took and shared pictures
According to RÚV’s sources, the incident occurred just after the course had finished. The policewomen were transferring hotels and had a male stripper in the car they were being transported in. The policewomen took pictures of the entertainment and sent them to their colleagues. Around 100 police officers from Iceland attended the course, some 15% of all Icelandic police, as well as a few lawyers.
Unknown whether officers face consequences
Reykjavík’s Chief of Police Halla Bergþóra Björnsdóttir stated that the conduct of the officers in question is being reviewed and is considered a serious incident. She refused to comment on whether the policewomen had been suspended or were still on the job, citing privacy regulations.
In an interview on Rás 1, lawyer and former MP Helga Vala Helgadóttir stressed the importance of investigating the incident thoroughly. “Who was this person who was bought? What is that person’s background? We know who works these jobs elsewhere in the world, often these are victims of human trafficking.”