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Norwegian police armed for 17th May. The current terror threat means officers in many parts of Norway will be armed following this measure’s latest prolongation. Police historian Jon Torstein Kvikne thinks this will be the first time that weapons-carrying police will be guarding the parades. “As far as I know, I don’t think that the police have been armed on 17th May before, perhaps during WWII,” he said to VG.

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Norwegian police armed for 17th May

Published on Saturday, 16th May, 2015 at 22:30 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.

The current terror threat means officers in many parts of Norway will be armed following this measure’s latest prolongation.

17th May flags and banners in Oslo
Officers will be carrying weapons on the 17th May, a day celebrating independence and freedom.17th May flags and banners in Oslo
Photo: ©2010 The Foreigner/Jess Chandler


Police historian Jon Torstein Kvikne thinks this will be the first time that weapons-carrying police will be guarding the parades.

“As far as I know, I don’t think that the police have been armed on 17th May before, perhaps during WWII,” he said to VG.

The Police Federation writes on their website that it is important that police are taking the threat seriously.

Norwegian police are professionals and will handle being armed in a discreet and safe manner, according to them.

"I am quite sure that it will not put a damper on the good atmosphere on 17th May at all,” head of the Federation, Sigve Bolstad explained.

VG asked municipal mayors and 17th May committee leaders in the largest cities what they think about armed police.

Many believe it is sad, but all say they have confidence in the police assessments.

Follo Police District Chief Arne Jørgen Olafsen confirmed that his officers will be armed on 17th May this year.

He also cannot remember Follo police, who are situated outside Oslo, have been armed on 17th May before.

Police traditionally lead the children’s parades in the morning. In the capital, it proceeds past the Palace, and the Royal Family greets the schools as they pass by.

“We’re armed due to the challenging threat situation,” Officer Olafsen remarked to local paper Østlandets Blad, though he would not confirm whether this would apply to the children's parade.



Published on Saturday, 16th May, 2015 at 22:30 under the news category, by Tove Andersson.

This post has the following tags: 17may, weapons, police.





  
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