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Extra money for three new positions

Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen tells Svalbard Gov. Kjerstin Askholt an extra seven million kroner is being allocated to strengthen the archipelago's police department by funding three new positions.

Extra money for three new positions

The Governor of Svalbard's police department is getting seven million kroner for additional security-related activities at Svalbard Airport and increased emergency preparedness.

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30.09.2016 kl 12:16

Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen confirmed the governor will receive the funds a few days before this year's budget is submitted on Oct. 6.

"The money will go to three new jobs, and help to strengthen the presence at Svalbard Airport and help strengthen emergency preparedness generally in Svalbard," Anundsen said.

Is it a step in implementing general passport control and opening up direct flights from Europe?

"This will help strengthen monitoring activities by the governor, but it is not enough to introduce normal passport control," Amundsen said. "This is a first step in building up capacity,"

Pleased
Gov. Kjerstin Askholt said she's pleased about the announcement.

"I'm obviously happy and it also was news for me today," she said. "I think it's great that the police department is being strengthened to have a greater presence and control, in addition to our getting increased emergency preparedness. I also see this as an answer to some of the things that emerged in DSB's avalanche report."

She said she will work with the ministry to determine how to best use the increased funds.

Increased prepardness

Askholt said the funds will allow three emergency preparedness officials instead of two and in practice will allow 12 officers working shifts instead of nine.

"It is gratifying and a solid enhancement," she said.

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