A total of 121 people have lost their lives in the service since the Nationalization of the Swedish Police. This weekend, Prince Daniel of Sweden attended a ceremony to honour police officers who have died in the line of duty. The Police Authority’s memorial service in Kungsholm’s church took place in Stockholm last Saturday.
During the memorial service in the church, the 121 employees of the police who lost their lives in the service since the Nationalization of the Police in 1965 were honoured. The police band started the memorial service with a trumpet fanfare. The ceremony included music by the Police Music Corps, the Police Choir and soloists, as well as speeches. Regional police chiefs Klas Johansson, Carina Persson and Micael Säll Lindahl each gave a speech about an incident in which a colleague died in the line of duty. During the ceremony, a minute of silence was also held.
The Swedish Police Memorial Day was established in 2019, and it always falls on the first Saturday in October, with a ceremony being held every other year.
The Prince has expressed his great support for the Swedish police, and earlier this year, the Prince gave a speech in which he said: “The Crown Princess and I have had the privilege of visiting many police stations in several parts of our country. We are always filled with admiration and respect for the police we meet. We know that the public makes great demands on you, but we also know that you make at least equal high demands on yourself.”
The Swedish Police Authority is the national police force of Sweden, responsible for law enforcement, general social order and public safety within the country. The agency is headed by the National Police Commissioner, who is appointed by the government. It is one of the largest government agencies in Sweden, with more than 28,500 employees, of which police officers accounted for approximately 75 per cent of the personnel. It takes two and a half years to become a police officer in Sweden.