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Major security breach before King Harald’s visit to Oslo university

Last week, the Oslo Police Department had a major security breach before King Harald’s visit to the University of Oslo. Only a few hours before King Harald visited the University of Oslo last week, the police’s confidential and detailed plan of action was openly available to everybody to see in the front window of a city police car.

One who passed the civil police car in the afternoon of 6 September was a former criminal who had been in prison for several years. He discovered the graduated document in the front window, which included the time of the King’s visit to the University, threat assessment and a series of measures for several operational police units.

King Harald’s limousine and accompanying vehicle from the police in front of the University of Oslo. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

In the confidential document, it was stated that the police was approved to have weapons as well as internal security during the visit at the university. The document was and still is regarded as confidential. The document had been signed by a police officer in the Oslo police district four days before the King’s participation in the event at the campus in downtown Oslo.

“This is a document intended for internal use and should not be visible from the outside”, said police spokesperson, Aslaug S. Røhne in Oslo’s police district in an email to the Norwegian newspaper VG.

At important events in the public, all members of the Royal Family receive additional protection from the police. Here we see a heavily armed police officer assisting a soldier from the Royal Guard in connection with government changes earlier this summer. Photo: Oskar Aanmoen.

This incident was associated with the Norwegian police and not the two groups who usually protect the Royal Family. The Royal Guard and the royal police escort are those who protect the King and his family. But when the Royal Family is in places with a lot of people present, it is usually required extra crews from the ordinary Norwegian police assist in protection.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.