Posted on May 3, 2024

Swedish Police Staff Leaked Deadly Info to Gang Members

Tamas Orban, European Conservative, April 30, 2024

Some 30 police officers in Sweden provoked public outrage in yet another major scandal involving gang activity. It appears that law enforcement officials allowed themselves to be seduced and exploited by gangsters to whom they gave information that later led to several deadly altercations on the streets.

The shocking details were first revealed in an extensive investigation published by the local daily Dagens Nyheter (DN), which found over 500 instances of Swedish police personnel leaking classified information. Gang members were briefed regarding ongoing investigations, upcoming raids, or competing gangs.

DN’s report also found evidence that leaks concerning information on rival criminals assisted in several attacks on enemy gang members, including at least four murders.

The report—based on conversations with some 50 sources in the law enforcement community and the criminal underworld, backed by hundreds of public documents—also revealed that, in many cases, the gang members used quite unconventional methods to obtain the information, such as starting “sexual relationships with strategically selected [female] police officers.”

One example is “Elin,” who met her gangster boyfriend through a dating app when she was still a cadet. Regularly, she chose to feed him classified information she obtained through illegal searches over the course of four years until she was caught.

There are many similar cases to Elin’s, with some initiated by officers even much more experienced than her. One officer leaked info to “one of Sweden’s most notorious criminals,” apparently because of his notoriety, while separately a police investigator who fell in love with the very man she was tasked to investigate provided him with regular updates on her “progress.”

As a result of the revelations over the weekend, at least 30 police officers were sacked or forced to resign for being labeled “security risks.” Since 2018, these officers were behind at least 514 known leaks.

Sweden’s national police chief, Petra Lundh, has called the officers’ behavior “completely unacceptable,” saying that both the police and the judiciary had been “naive” to not anticipate these types of elaborate infiltration methods.

The scandal has grown so big in a matter of days that even the head of the Swedish government was forced to comment on the report.

PM Ulf Kristersson said on Monday that the report contained “very concerning information,” although, without an official investigation, he couldn’t say whether the phenomenon constituted a threat to national security or not. The “mere suspicion” alone was highly damaging to public safety and trust in the police force, he stressed.

“It is very serious and we need to address it,” Kristersson added.

Sweden has long been grappling with criminal gangs, primarily coming from migrant backgrounds. Crime rates, including rape and murder, have skyrocketed in the country in recent years, leading to an increasing public demand to limit immigration.

Swedish conservative MEPs often bring up the problem in the European Parliament while calling for an end to mass migration, but are often met with disbelief or ridicule from their leftist colleagues.