A minority coalition in Sweden said Wednesday that it will increase spending on fighting crime in the 2022 budget as law and order came to the forefront of the agenda ahead of next year’s general election.
This was reported by Reuters.
According to police, more than 35 people have been killed this year in gang violence. Shooting incidents have occurred almost daily in major cities such as Stockholm, Malmo, and Gothenburg.
The government has said it will allocate an additional SEK 2.5 billion ($290,000,000) to police and criminal justice agencies to fight crime.
The allocation of additional resources in past years has begun to pay off, but there is still much work to be done, Interior Minister Mikael Damberg told a news conference.
The budget, to be released Sept. 20, is an attempt by the Social Democrats to win favor with voters on the eve of next September’s vote. It focuses on continuing the pandemic recovery period, restoring the state’s general welfare, and accelerating the transition to a fossil-fuel-free economy.
Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, the Social Democrats’ favorite to become the next prime minister, promised an additional 74 billion kroner in spending to convince voters to let her party rule for a third term.