High Level of Security Alerts in Norway: Police May Be Armed

Norwegian Police management introduces several security measures after Norwegian Police Intelligence Service (PST) has upgraded threat assessment against public employees in the police and military on Wednesday. 

As a part of these measures, police chiefs across the country have ordered thousands of employees not to wear uniform more than necessary – at least not when they’re off duty.

– Based on current trends in extreme groups’ goals and methods, as well as the enemy scenario presented by ISIS, the military personnel, police and some political decision makers are particularly vulnerable, writes PST.

Another security measure is for patrolling police officers. They are asked to be extra observant when they move outdoors. But there are differences from district to district. Risk level is perceived as higher in the center of Oslo than in rural locations, writes Norwegian daily VG. 

Armament of police officers are not applicable right now. An expert group will however consider the advantages and disadvantages whether all uniformed police officers shall wear sharp loaded weapon on duty. 

The head of the Norwegian Police Federation, Sigve Bolstad, told VG that they are following developments closely. 

– It is natural that guns are a part of this discussion, but we will not anticipate anything. We are following the case closely and is in contact with the Police Directorate and other key units. It is important now that the controller complies threats and continually assesses whether it is necessary to take further measures, says Bolstad.


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