Copenhagen Police have begun an investigation into why a large group of off-duty police officers went to Malmo in Sweden and interfered in Swedish policing during a major left-wing demonstration.
Swedish police have since called the behavior of plain clothes Danish policemen “very strange” and the Copenhagen police is finding it difficult to sort out what happened.
“I’ve heard that it was a dozen or so men who went over there to study things on the ground,” says Chief Superintendant Per Larsen.
Embarrassing “You don’t go off and work on someone else’s territory. So if they didn’t have clearance from the Swedes beforehand, it’s embarrassing,” says Larsen, who adds that problems developed during the demonstration because demonstrators recognized the Danish policemen.
The Swedish Police Chief at the scene Håkan Jarborg told Sydsvenskan that Swedish policemen became ‘irritated’ with their Danish counterparts.
“It’s absurd if conflicts arose because of our men – and if that’s what happened I have nothing against rolling in the dust and apologizing,” says Larsen.
Apart from the apparently unwelcome, self-appointed plain clothes policemen, the Danish police helped their Swedish colleagues by officially lending them equipment, as well as having a liaison office at police headquarters.
Swedish police say the Danish officers were not invited to take part in the demonstration in Malmö.
"We had no agreement with the Danish police," says Lars Forsell of the Scania Police Force.
"It was irritating for the Swedish police. Their behaviour was reprehensible. We took them out of the demonstration twice, until they went back to Denmark - very quickly," Jarborg says in Sydsvenska Dagbladet.
He says that Swedish police do not envisage taking any further action. "Basically it's up to the Danish police to find out what it's personnel is doing."