Recently, Swedish journalist Katerina Janouch interviewed the Swedish policeman Peter Springare, who in 2017 made headlines in Sweden, when he posted on the current state of the kingdom on Facebook.
In a longer interview he now admits that he is even more worried, that mayhem in fact is coming, and that people in general have no idea what will hit them.
What do we see is happening in Sweden now?
– I am deeply concerned about the development. And I’m wondering how far it must go before people in decision-making positions and politicians wake up and see where we are heading. One continues to put the head in the sand. In Helsingborg, but also here in Örebro, one goes out and say we have full control. It’s the other way around, we’ve lost control. And in the next breath one says that this just spurts us, that we do not give in. That we’ll will work even harder. But that’s not the case either. Because I know how one is affected when exposed to threats. It certainly affects. It affects the police operations, both the business and individual police officers. And then the debate will be, is it worth it, should we expose ourselves … I know there are a number of police officers in Örebro who do not want to go to work for example in Vivalla. Because it is unpleasant. When we reach that point, we are in really, really bad shape. When the police end up in a situation where one is afraid to end up in an ambush, then it has gone very, very far and we are in trouble. To me, it’s a mystery how police chiefs to the public persists that we have full control. What do they want to gain?
Is it because one does not want to scare people?
– Yes, but it does not help to lie to fix the problem, because then one gets into a “Baghdad Bob” spirit. People do not understand how bad it is. And you can not ask them to understand, because they do not get the correct information. I dislike that. However, if you speak of exactly how it is, you can make an opinion. Then politicians will get more mandates and support among the population to make radical decisions to address the problems. To sugarcoat never helps. Being Baghdad Bob only makes it worse in the long run.
Many believe that Sweden is lost when it comes to crime.
Peter is silent for a while. He does not protest immediately, does not disagree with me as I had hoped when I pronounce one of those powerful and in many people’s ears provocative statement. Finally he says:
– Yes …