National police director Øystein Mæland mustered a hastily arranged meeting at the SAS hotel by Gardemoen airport, Monday. Police chiefs from across Norway arrived at the hotel this morning to discuss measures following massive criticism of the force following 22 July last year.
No clear agenda was detailed. Mæland said before entering the meeting, however, "we shall progress with the work that we will be doing. It's a big job, with a lot of challenges and changes."
Monday's damning 22 July Commission report revealed a catalogue of police failings in relation to their actions and mobilisation during Anders Behring Breivik's twin terror attacks, which caused the death of 77 people. Public confidence in the police has sunk, with four in ten Norwegians saying they have dwindling faith in the police service. Nine percent have none.
"My feelings are that people need a common understanding..we need a lift for us (the police) to be better in the relationship that we have with society," Mæland declared today.
With regards to perspective and time, Mæland said that the police need to look at "confidence in a long-term perspective...there are several things that have a short-term perspective. Some of these tasks are things that we can do ourselves, whilst others are much bigger, and for this we need to address structure."
Furthermore, police director Mæland stated, "the concrete thing that I can say is that we will start to work now so that we can begin the process before the meeting with [22 July Commission leader] Alexandra Beck Gjørv.
The Foreigner will be posing Mæland questions following the meeting.
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