I have written recently about the appalling performance of the Swedish police during the investigation of the murder of Fuat Deniz.
A recent opinion poll suggests that the general public in Sweden is losing confidence in their police force. It’s interesting that the preferred solution is to increase the number of police, and to increase the surveillance of the public by the police.
Swedish confidence in the police is dropping
The Swedish police are losing the confidence of the population they are supposed to serve. The Swedes want a more visible police force.
There’s a problem with the Swedes’ confidence in their police. There is still a majority of 58% who have great confidence to the law enforcement, but even so it is quite a stretch from the 73% who had great confidence to the police in 2002.
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This comes from a poll, made by the independent institution Forskningsgruppen for Samfund and Informationsstudier [FSI — Research group for Societal and Informational Studies], writes Dagens Nyheter.
The poll also shows that 22% clearly state that they have no or very little confidence in the police. In 2002 that number was 13%.
However, the study also investigated what it would take to increase the confidence. And apparently that’s more video-surveillance and more police on the streets.
A stunning 94% wish more police could be on the streets, and that is the highest percentage that FSI has ever measured since it was founded in 1971. 72% wish for more video surveillance, up from 48% in 1997.
Can you imagine 72% of the American public asking for more video surveillance by the police?
All right, maybe in Ann Arbor or Scarsdale. Just maybe. But not in Anytown, USA.
It must be one of those cultural differences. The average American is brought up to distrust his government, and would be more likely to pull out his concealed-carry for a little target practice on a CCTV camera than to ask for more of them.