Malmö is a multicultural city with residents from 174 countries. 28 percent of the city's 287,000 residents are foreign born.
In Town Rose Farm has at least 86 percent of residents foreign origin, many of them with Arabic as their native language.
The district also has high unemployment, only 4 out of ten is working. In 2008, the Town of focus because of riots among local youths.Language courses in their spare time
Now you want the local police to improve the daily dialogue with the residents of Rose Farm.
Officers at district station has initiated a 12-week introductory course in Arabic, writes Skånska Dagbladet .
About 45 police officers have so far signed up for the course is voluntary and takes place outside working hours.
- They're obviously not going to learn the entire language at this time, but first and foremost, the phrases they are most needed in their daily work, says language is responsible for adult education Lena Gustafsson said.
The policemen have a basic training in social exchanges and policing concepts in Arabic.
Representative of the police in Oslo Sigve Bolstad think the Swedish colleagues' action is very good, and can be adopted to Norwegian conditions if it is needed.
- My immediate reaction is that it sounds prevention, the convergence and positive, says the head of the Oslo Police Association.Meeting with dignity
The head of police in Rosengård Bengt Hersler will even attend the course. He believes it is important to expand their knowledge to be better police officers.
- It's about meeting people in a more polite and dignified manner. There is a problem that one can not talk to each other.
In addition to learning basic language skills, are also police officers get a glimpse of Muslim customs and culture.
- Even if you speak the same language, it is not certain we understand each other, says Hersler said.