Are cops underpaid

Dismissals from the Swedish policeUnderpaid, understaffed and under pressure

Erica Bäckius was a traffic policeman in Sweden for a good 13 years, then she gave up. Less than 3,000 euros a month - gross - plus more and more work, more and more pressure:

"It didn't get better as I had hoped. It got worse and worse all the time. And that's especially because there aren't enough people."

Since the beginning of the year, 240 police officers have quit their job, 60 percent more than in the same period last year. And there will be more. According to a recent poll, eight out of ten police officers are considering resigning. Ex-Justice Minister Beatrice Ask from the bourgeois-liberal "moderates" criticizes the government and accuses her of doing nothing:

"So far, Interior Minister Ygeman has been betting that the police will cope with all of this. But obviously this is not working. We are seeing more and more police stopping, we know that there is dissatisfaction and we have areas where the police are stronger must than it is today. "

Police officer in Sweden - the purest nightmare job

There are actually around 50 "no-go areas", especially in suburbs, problem areas with extremely high levels of crime, which normal stripes no longer dare to enter. In addition, the border controls since January to curb the flow of refugees. They incriminate the around 20,000 Swedish police officers as well as gang crime in Malmö, where cars are currently burning almost every night and there are always brutal murders. Then the low salary and a restructuring process that creates a lot of uncertainty. Police officer in Sweden - this is the purest night-time dream job. Andreas Löfstrand from the police union:

"We see that people leave us for another job. Then fewer people have to do the same work. And when more and more leave us, even more think about doing it. A vicious circle. We are underpaid and understaffed, have to work a lot and under increasing pressure. "

Government does not feel responsible

And the red-green government? She points her finger at her bourgeois predecessor. Interior Minister Anders Ygeman from the Social Democrats sees the misery, but does not feel responsible for it:

"We took over the police budget and staff from Minister Ask and then immediately gave the police more resources. I share the opinion that that is still not enough. So we will give the police even more money and publish the amount in the autumn budget . "

Let's see if that happens, and if so, to what extent. Ygeman has long been active in another area, even if he doesn't like to talk about it. Due to a lack of applicants, the Swedish police changed the recruitment requirements a few weeks ago. Now even the not-so-clever have a chance, or, as it is officially called: applicants with "less theoretical potential and less ability to solve problems."