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The police will fight open crime in Greenland in Oslo

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Police chief in Oslo, Ida Melbo Øystese, says the police were not aware of how serious the conditions in Greenland were. Now a new section of police officers is being deployed to fight crime in the area. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 22.04.2024 08:00:54

Crime and justice: The police in Oslo will on 1 May launch a new section with up to 38 police officers. The new department’s mission will be to crack down on open drug sales and combat violence and threats in Greenland and Tøyen in Oslo, writes VG.

The new measure comes in the wake of a report which revealed how criminals, almost in the shadow of the country’s largest police station, have approached businesses and employees in shops in Greenland almost freely and exposed them to violence and threats.

– We were perhaps a little surprised by how serious the conditions in Greenland actually were, after talking to people, says police chief Ida Melbo Øystese in Oslo to VG.

No more police officers will be employed in Oslo in connection with the creation of the new section, but the resources that will be deployed will come as a result of a regrouping.

The report revealed how the criminal circles had taken over the areas close to the city centre, where there are also several schools and kindergartens. A total of 22 per cent of the surveyed residents of Greenland answered that they feel very or rather unsafe in their local environment.

(© NTB)

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