Under a new law, the Coast Guard can initiate, lead and complete pre-investigations of crimes committed at sea rather than hand over to the police, reports SVT News Gävleborg.
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– Society's expectation is that we can do that, but so far we have not been able to, but we have been handed over to the police. This meant that much was lying down. Now it becomes a faster pace in investigations and legal security, "says Anna-Lena Halvarsson, Coast Guard station manager at Gävle, SVT.
The types of crimes that the Coast Guard can now investigate are protection legislation, maritime and maritime traffic, water and environmental pollution, breaches of fishing and hunting legislation, ancient monuments and shipwrecks and maritime areas of Sweden.