A multipartisan budget proposal to give the police 500 million ISK and increase their numbers was approved by the Minister of the Interior today.
In a statement from the ministry, it is reported that 44 new police officers will be added to the force this year. These positions will open up all over the country, and also include 8 officers who will be assigned to organised crime and the investigation of sexual assaults.
Additional funding will be used to cover police equipment and training, as well as greater supervision at the Keflavík International Airport, many of the country’s roads, and even the Highlands.
The changes will be going into effect very soon – the ministry says police departments around the country will be able to begin advertising for new officers as early as March 1.
The funding is a part of the 2014 budget submitted to parliament last November, and is one of the largest of the few spending increases outlined in the budget.