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The Foreigner Police apologise for Utøya operation. Police Director Øystein Mæland has made a public apology for how officers handled the situation on Utøya. “It is difficult knowing that life could have been saved if the perpetrator had been arrested before,” he admitted, in the first official regret since 22nd July attacks.  The senior police official’s comments come following the so-called [former chief of police Olav] Sønderland-committee’s analysis of officers’ performance during and after the massacre. The report cited there were 54 areas from improvement. 

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Police apologise for Utøya operation

Published on Thursday, 15th March, 2012 at 14:22 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 15th March 2012 at 15:38.

Police Director Øystein Mæland has made a public apology for how officers handled the situation on Utøya.



“It is difficult knowing that life could have been saved if the perpetrator had been arrested before,” he admitted, in the first official regret since 22nd July attacks. 

The senior police official’s comments come following the so-called [former chief of police Olav] Sønderland-committee’s analysis of officers’ performance during and after the massacre. The report cited there were 54 areas from improvement. 

“I apologise on behalf of the police that we did not succeed in apprehending the perpetrator before. Every minute was one minute too much.”

“Today, we can conclude with certainty that the police force was not dimensioned to handle all the consequences of an event such as the one that hit us on 22 last July, right in the holiday season,” added Mæland.

Nevertheless, whilst he admitted that, “police could have been on Utøya quicker if the boat had not been overloaded and broken down”, Sønderland pointed out that police planning of the operation “was in keeping with regulations.”

“The emergency response unit quickly engaged in confronting and neutralising the perpetrator when they got on to the island,” NRK reported him as declaring.

Søndlerland also encouraged more focus on improving the future of the force instead of pinpointing scapegoats.

“22nd July has affected Norway and the Norwegian police. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the survivors, those left behind, and families who lost loved ones in Oslo and Utøya,” Police Director Mæland concluded.




Published on Thursday, 15th March, 2012 at 14:22 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 15th March 2012 at 15:38.

This post has the following tags: oslopolice, oslobombings, utoeyashootings, andersbehringbreivik.





  
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