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Malmö University to offer police training


Starting in 2019, the University will offer vocational education in policing. The decision has been made by the government to attract more students to the profession in Southern Sweden.

The government’s decision to introduce police training as a contract education at Malmö University came in December, following the recommendation of several leading politicians as well as the Swedish Police Authority.

The Vice-Chancellor has appointed lecturer and criminologist Caroline Mellgren as director of the police training programme, which is scheduled to start next spring.

"I see this as a very exciting responsibility, with time pressure, that I take on in earnest," says Mellgren.

One of the main challenges will be ensuring appropriate facilities for the new students. Police training requires special facilities such as forensic labs, space for shooting lanes and vehicle instruction, and practice areas designed to realistically simulate police operations.

The process of finding suitable premises is underway and a project manager has already been appointed for this purpose. Facility Management will also be heavily involved. Mats Lyberg, head of Facility Management, says they are not looking to establish a separate college and that any new premises will therefore be integrated as part of the University. 

“We are currently working with a lot of assumptions because we don’t know how many students will be joining the programme. However, if we do end up with a new building it will not be for police training specifically, but rather for the University as a whole.”

A further consideration is security, since training will involve weapons and ammunition supplies. For instance, there are specific requirements for sheet metal on walls, and special locks and windows will need to be put in place. Security Manager Leif Wulff is working on such issues.

Another question that has arisen regarding the vocational education in policing, is how it relates to the University’s increased research focus.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Per Hillbur explains that the University’s long-term goal is to provide trained police officers access to advanced level and postgraduate education.

“Moreover, police and crime prevention work are community-sustaining activities. As a university, we are strongly committed to social issues and believe we can make an important contribution to the role of police in the future,” he adds.

Text: Maya Acharya