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Agreement in the Storting to introduce a long-term plan for the police

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Hadia Tajik (Ap), Helge André Njåstad (Frp) and Sveinung Stensland (H) agree that there must be more long-term planning for the police. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Of NTB | 04.06.2024 15:33:17

Crime and justice: It was the opposition parties who first agreed that there must be more long-term management of the police through multi-year plans. The government parties Ap and Sp also joined the proposal, so that there is now a unanimous Storting behind it.

The criminals are becoming more and more cunning and are using new technological tools to carry out crime, points out Frps Helge André Njåstad, who heads the justice committee. Not least, heavy foreign criminal networks have enormous resources which they use to counter the police’s measures and investigations, he adds.

– Therefore, we must make the police better able to meet these threats in a far more robust way than today, which we believe long-term funding will contribute to, says Njåstad.

– It is high time, says Ap’s justice policy spokesperson Hadia Tajik.

– The role of the police has been discussed in connection with the local police reform, but the systematic review of what the police should be has not been held since 1976, she says.

Although the initiative now comes from the Storting, the proposal is in line with the government’s policy, says SP’s justice policy spokesperson Else Marie Rødby.

– It was announced in the revised national budget that a more long-term management of the police must be looked at, she says, and emphasizes that the government will follow up – probably already in connection with the state budget in the autumn.

The parties have to a small extent discussed how the plan and committee should be designed. SV’s Andreas Sjalg Unneland says that there are probably quite a few differences between the parties.

– But what we agree on is that we need a larger public debate about the long lines in the police, says Unneland.

* The police will have more predictability than today, where they manage from budget to budget.

* A multi-year plan will give the police the opportunity to work more long-term and follow the broad lines. Today, one sees that the police are governed ad hoc according to which themes dominate the public debate, several of the parties argue.

* A long-term plan provides better overall management – ​​including long-term investments in digital infrastructure.

* It will provide a better overview of resources, capacity and competence in the police, as well as needs when planning for the number of study places.

Police director Benedicte Bjørnland has also expressed that she welcomes a long-term plan. During Arendalsuka last year, she emphasized that it is demanding to plan ahead in time with prices that rise and change, wrote Police Forum.

The parties also agree that a committee should be set up to assess which tasks the police should carry out, what should be prioritized, and possibly what can be done by others. It is approaching 50 years since the previous police role committee was set up – in 1976.

The government itself has not advocated a long-term plan. But the opposition seized the opportunity when the justice committee received a parliamentary report on combating financial crime on its table this spring.

The parties do not go into detail about how the arrangement will be and how many years the period will cover. But basically the parties envisage that the long-term plan should be similar to the long-term plan that applies to the Armed Forces. Operations, framework and facilities are managed there through a plan that is presented every four years.

The main arguments are about:

The police’s own employee organizations have long pushed for such a long-term plan. Last autumn, the organizations from Parat, the Police Union and the Norwegian Civil Service Association sent a letter to Mehl. There they asked that multi-year plans for the police must be introduced, based on the director of police’s professional advice and with a risk-assessed level of ambition.

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