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Rosengard, which has received media attention as the “most notorious refugee ghetto” of Sweden, has an over 80 percent migrant population, predominantly of Middle Eastern, African and Eastern European origin. It has repeatedly been a scene of gang and multi-ethnic violence and is prone to social unrest, with less than 40 percent of its residents having a job.
It is not the first time that Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden and home to a large migrant population, has raised the alarm about the increasing wave of violence. In July last year, a spate of shootings, blasts and arsons that followed the sentencing of three men for complicity in the Christmas Eve bombing in Rosengard prompted the local police force to appeal to their colleagues at a national level for “shared expertise.”
In the case of the murdered 16-year-old, for example, racist threats have been directed at pupils at his school on social media next to a picture of the boy lying dead on the ground. "They are scared. They are terrified and are wondering who's going to be shot next," a school principal told Sydsvenskan earlier this month.
The boy's father, who moved with his family from Iraq to Sweden when Ahmed was seven years old, told newspaper Sydsvenskan that his son had wanted to become a doctor. "We fled war and misery to find a safe place. And then this happens," he said
Malmö police are currently investigating eleven murders and eighty attempted murder. Add to that other crimes of violence, beatings, rapes, thefts and frauds. Stefan Sinteus We have in Malmö an upward spiral of large dimensions. Malmö police are currently investigating eleven murders and eighty attempted murder. Add to that other crimes of violence, beatings, rapes, thefts and frauds. It does, of course, that the police in Malmö is an extremely strained.
To manage the many serious crimes, we've made a local and a regional effort, where we focus all available resources in the region to investigate and deal with the situation we are currently in. This has resulted in that we now have over 130 employees who work exclusively with investigating these serious offenses in special investigative organizations and from the police special methodology for serious crimes. Many of the investigators working in parallel with a number of cases, which have historically proven to be beneficial in many investigations. Our employees are extremely dedicated and competent, and I know that every day they do their utmost to find and refer suspected perpetrators accountable for serious crimes affecting the citizens of our city.
We have also received reinforcement from the national direction. Several employees from the Police National Operations Department (NOA) came to Malmö during the last week, and additional employees are expected this week. There is a widespread understanding that we need strengthening in Malmö in the position we are in. Even if the situation is serious and the situation is by no means optimal, do this together anyway that I, as head of the police district of Malmö, feel a great trust and confidence that police will be able to handle the situation. In both the recent murder of 16-årigen as the attempted murder of 18-year-old on Saturday evening, we could with adequate resources to implement all the initial investigative measures that must be implemented in close connection with the crime. With the addition of employees from both the region and the rest of the country that joined later in the week we have the resources needed to handle even these investigations, then at the other serious violent criminal. The focus for the future of policing the South region's long-term resource reinforce the skills to investigate deadly force. Our priority is clear: we will work toward the coarse violence and with our investigative activities.
To reverse the trend, we will work vigorously with this in the spring in several different ways. It is not the individual police officer who chooses what he or she wants to work with, we have managers who oversee and manage the business and its employees. I have full confidence that they are doing this based on the given priorities, of which the most serious violent crime is top of the list. I can assure you that the police in Malmö are doing everything we can to suspected perpetrators to be held accountable. But we can not do it on their own. We depend on you, and your witness statements, in order to solve these violent crimes. Therefore I appeal now to you: help us. Help us to overcome the problems. Partner with us. Let's make Malmö a safe and secure city for children, adolescents and adults. Stefan Sintéus Chief Constable, head of the police district Malmo