Thousands of incidents are hidden in police’s special “refugee code”
SVD REVEALS: Since October 2015, the police maintain recorded interventions at refugee shelters. The events have been reported in a specific code, R291, which have not been published.
SVD can now reveal that it contains thousands of incidents – ranging from assault and brawls to suicide attempts, mental illness, and bomb threats.
Photo: Anders Ahlgren and TT
By Jani Pirttisalo
Svenska Dagbladet, SvD, Jan 29, 2016
The situation at the thousands of different asylum shelters have been largely unknown to the public. One reason is that the national operational Department, Noah, where the police earlier determined that all of the information linked to the flow of refugees should be secret.
“Regarding the classified code 291 that became known to the media. The code is used as a work format for the daily overview. The daily overview is classified secret, that nothing that is written within it should be public/… / Nothing will be printed on paper regarding the current Alma-charge as long as it is in progress. ”
So wrote NOA earlier in a document that our newspaper took note of. Every [criminal] complaint “where the victim, the suspect or a hearing where the person is a migrant must be marked with the special code 291”. The same shall apply to crimes or events that are related to the sites or buildings around refugees.
More than that, no one was permitted to know.
It was last October, when the flow of refugees to Sweden was very large that the police had many call-outs from alarms about violence, threats, arson and other crimes at various asylum properties. It was then that NOA introduced the special classification code for all the cases “involving migrant situations”.
SVD can now reveal that under code 291 [police] conceals more than 5,000 reported cases.
In a nationwide list of code 291 that the Svenska Dagbladet noted, there appears the image of a difficult and anxious situation for asylum seekers, police and staff at the refugee housing.