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by Euro Reporter
2009-02-11 09:42:51
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Racism in police training

Negro Niggersson and Oskar Negro. Two names used by Skåne police in their internal training. A participating officer reported the incident to senior officers but no inquiry was launched. According to local newspaper Sydsvenskan a course in sequestration was held for around fifty staff at the county police department in Malmö in the spring of 2008. The instructor displayed the names to be used in the course on a screen. Among them were Negro (Neger) Niggersson and Oskar Negro. Several participants reacted to the use of the names.

"I could not believe what I was seeing, but I felt sorry for the instructor so I waited until afterwards," said Jeanette Larsson, a police inspector with the department's intelligence service, to Sydsvenskan. The newspaper reports that several of the participating staff reported the incident all the way to the top. But Lars-Folke Piledahl, then assistant county police commissioner, denies all knowledge about the use of the names Negro and Niggersson. The newspaper has however published an email which confirms that he had been informed. County police commissioner Eva Årestad Radner also claims to be in the dark despite Jeanette Larsson's email having been sent to several senior officers. Christina Wadsten Malm confirms that she received the email.

Disturbing and embarrassing when it comes from a country usually used as an example in tolerance like Sweden.


A secret friend drove car

A suspected drunk driver has successfully argued to a Swedish court that it was not he that was driving the car, but a 125 centimeter tall Norwegian with hair down to his knees going by the name of Alfie Atkins' secret friend! The then 21-year-old man was pulled over by police in the summer of 2006. When police approached the vehicle the man was standing on the passenger side of the car while the driver's door was wide open. In a police interview the man is reported to have claimed that "Molgan", known to Swedish children as the secret friend of Gunilla Bergström's character Alfons Åberg (Alfie Atkins in the English translation), had already fled the scene.

The 21-year-old described Molgan as 120-130 centimeters tall, with hair down to his knees, clad in white trousers, and that he spoke Swedish with a Norwegian accent. The 21-year-old was found to be well over the alcohol limit. Police charged the man with drink driving and confiscated his driving license.

And I thought that invisible friends stopped visiting when you are five!


Reforms for Sweden's immigrant language classes

Sweden’s subsidized language courses for immigrants have been given a failing grade by a state quality control agency, despite recent attempts to improve the programme’s curriculum. “The introduction of a new curriculum for Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) hasn’t brought about an improvement in results,” said the Swedish Agency for Public Management (Statskontoret) in a statement.

According to the agency’s findings, presented to the government on Thursday, more than one in three SFI students fail to complete the programme within three years of starting their studies. And among those that do get through the entire curriculum, only half manage a passing grade in the programme’s highest level within three years. The agency carried out the analysis following a government request in February 2008 in which it asked the agency to examine what sort of reforms would help improve SFI.

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