Some 600 Norwegian police officers injured last year: report

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-12 20:20:54|Editor: xuxin
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OSLO, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Recent research showed that 33 percent more policemen were wounded last year than the year before, newspaper Aftenposten reported Wednesday.

According to the new health, safety and environment (HSE) report from Norwegian police, 594 police officers were injured last year, while a total of 1,034 were wounded in both 2017 and 2018, the report said.

"We notice in Oslo's streets that there is less respect for the police," said Roar Andersen, head of the emergency response unit in the Oslo police district.

The report revealed that the number of undesirable incidents with a risk to life, health and material values rose to 8,218 last year.

In addition, the number of reports about violence against police officers increased by 13.6 percent to 1,457 cases in total, the newspaper wrote.

This, according to Hakon Skulstad, deputy chief of Norwegian police, reflected that "respect for the traditional and legal authorities is decreasing."

While 200 of 594 police officers were injured during the arrest or search of suspects, 37 police officers were injured during court proceedings and courts, the report said.

According to Aftenposten, the registered increase in the statistics may also be due to the fact that the police to a greater extent registered personal injuries.

One of four injuries in the police happened during exercise and training.

"That is very disturbing," Sigve Bolstad, leader of the Norwegian Police Federation, told Aftenposten.

Nevertheless, the state refused to cover the medical bills of the injured policemen.

Bolstad emphasized the need for a law change, which would approve police exercise injuries as work-related ones.