On Tuesday 9 February, The King visited the Swedish Police Service in Stockholm to find out more about the reorganisation of the Police Service and the challenges faced by the service, both now and in the future.
The visit to the National Police Commissioner's secretariat and national departments at Polhemsgatan in Stockholm began with National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson explaining about the reorganisation of the Police Service, which began in January 2015 and is still continuing. Having previously had 21 police authorities, the National Police Board and the National Laboratory of Forensic Science, the Swedish Police Service has now become a single authority under the joint leadership of the National Police Commissioner. The Swedish Security Service has become an independent authority.
The King also learnt about the considerable challenges faced by the Swedish Police Service, such as organised crime and steams of migrants, and about if – and how – the police can cooperate to a greater extent with other authorities in their work to fight crime.
The King then found out about the work of the National Operations department. The department leads operational work and makes decisions on actions and resource reinforcements nationwide. Head of National Operations Mats Löfving and his colleagues reported on a specific focus on fighting serious crime and initiatives such as offender profiling.
At the National Cybercrime Centre, The King heard about cybercrime which has increased significantly in recent years. This includes everything from the sexual abuse of children, financial crime and computer hacking to fraud, black market trading and online threats. The police cooperate internationally in connection with these types of crimes.
The visit concluded at the Stockholm Regional Control Centre, which is responsible for the police's intervention efforts, investigations and crime prevention work in the region. With the reorganisation, Sweden has been divided into seven police regions. Region Stockholm, which also includes Gotland, was the first to be reorganised in October 2015. The King also visited the communications centre, where incoming telephone and radio calls are assessed and prioritised.
The Swedish Police Service has around 28,000 employees, of whom 20,000 are police officers and 8,000 are civilians. The authority is divided up geographically into seven regions: Stockholm, West (based in Gothenburg), South (based in Malmö), East (based in Linköping), Central (based in Uppsala), Bergslagen (based in Örebro) and North (based in Umeå).
The authority has ten national departments: Finance, HR, Law, Internal Audit, IT, Secretariat, Communications, National Operations, National Forensic Centre and Special Investigations (investigating employees suspected of having committed crimes).