Sunday, June 10, 2018
Oslo Police Association says the police in Oslo are hunted for a mission and do not have time to work sufficiently preventively with gang crime at Holmlia.
For over ten years, a Holmlia boy boy has grown to become Oslo’s biggest gang of threats – without the police having managed to stop them. Gjengen Young Bloods is behind killings and kidnappings – and spreads fear of Holmlia in Oslo.
The Oslo Police Association says they have received feedback from their members working in the area that they are “chased on assignments”, that they do not prioritize it preventive – and only come when something goes wrong.
“Our members want to be ahead of something happening, but the resource situation means that those who work out of work run from chance to chance when something has already happened,” says Kristin Aga, head of Oslo Police Association.
Aga believes the preventive loses and has lost in the struggle for police time and resources in Oslo. The police chief says he agrees that the police must be more present – but at the same time accuses the Oslo Police Union for black painting.
Believes the gangs are standing as victory men
An intelligence report from the police in 2016, which VG has gained access to, says that the police occasionally experience it as demanding to be on Holmlia. That “among some people is uncomfortable to be at Holmlia as they encounter a lot of aggression and resistance, and that there are examples where the police have been throwned stones at.”
The Oslo Police Association says they have received feedback that the police in the face of such aggression have had to retreat due to lack of resources, so the aggressive youth have become standing victories.
“The feedback we receive about what makes it not nice for the police to go to Holmlia is that there have often been a lot of youths gathered, for example, having shown their finger or throwing stones. And then there have been too few devices out there to control it. You have to retreat, “says Aga.
She thinks it had been a great deal of prevention in bringing all the young people in, talking to them and calling parents or child welfare.
– Then they had seen that it had a consequence. If you can have enough resources to act and possibly bring them in, there is very much prevention in it. For now they are often left as victory men, Aga says.
“Our members say it’s not the way they want it, but they have no choice. Because you need a lot of cars out there to handle 20 youngsters that do something bad, says Aga.
The police chief responds: – On the day the criminals decide, we have lost
To the stories that the police have had to retreat, Oslo police chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold says:
“I totally agree with the Oslo Police Association, the day the criminals decide we have lost. But there we are not today, we will not either, “said police chief Sjøvold.
He admits that the efforts on the preventive must be stepped up, but saying this is something they’re already doing. Among other things, through new employees.
“I fully agree with the Oslo Police Association that we must be more present, even when nothing has happened. That we “only come when something happens” I think, however, is an unnecessary black paint, “said the police officer.
“Very good preventive work is done in Oslo PD, also in the East. We have officers who are out of the youth every single day and make a difference, we also have minority contacts and school visits, to name a few. The preventative efforts my employees do, I do not think we should undermine in national media, because it is formidable, says Sjøvold.
My comment on this is:
The police are under pressure from gangs and do not have the resources to fight gang crime. I think the police must get a lot more resources than they get today. I do not feel safe at night in Oslo city center. I avoid being out in the evening. We will not have have it like this in 2018. We have lost the fight I think.