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Malmö police to learn 'polite' Arabic
Published: 5 Sep 11 10:46 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation
Police who patrol Malmö's Rosengård district are being offered a specialArabic language class to help them better understand and communicate with local residents in the predominantly immigrant area.
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“It's about dealing with immigrants in a more dignified and little more civil manner,” local police chief Bengt Hersler told the newspaper.
According to Hersler, the course was arranged at the request of officers who have pushed the department to provide them with the tools to better communicate with Rosengård's residents, many of whom are immigrants and have Swedish as a second language.
In addition to teachings in basic Arabic, the tailor-made course will also offer lessons on Muslim culture and traditions to help officers better understand some of the cultural differences that can lead to misunderstandings in dealings with local residents.
“We're looking to broaden our knowledge, Said Hersler.
“Ever time we speak, we express ourselves from within our own culture. Even if you speak the same language, there's no guarantee that people understand each other.”
The tailor-made course, arranged by studieförbundet Vuxenskolan, will be held during participants' free time and will focus on phrases that officers would likely be able to use in their everyday work.
“They obviously aren't going to learn the whole language,” Lena Gustafsson from Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan told the newspaper.
While no follow up course is currently planned, Hersler told the newspaper that, if the Arabic language and culture class proves successful, a follow-on may be arranged.
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11:07 September 5, 2011 by JulieLou40
Here's a radical idea: Make the immigrants learn Swedish, instead of letting them hole up in one little area and turn it into a little slice of home.
If they want to be here, they should integrate. Simple.
11:26 September 5, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
I think Malmö is a total joke. Everything that is reported from there is a laughing matter, an embarrassment for Sweden.
11:41 September 5, 2011 by RobinHood
Why limit this fantastic opportunity to learn Arabic only to policemen? Why not make Arabic lessons available to everyone else in Malmö? Compulsory even!
Think how much nicer Rosengård and Malmö would be if everyone could speak the same language, instead of how it is now. What with the bombs, the burning cars, the gunfights, the persecution of the Jews, the anti-semitic mayor, the violent gangs, the secret serial killer, and the misogynist and racist policemen.
11:58 September 5, 2011 by Tysknaden
Why not going the whole way for introducing Sharia law :-D This going step by step - already practized in Great Britain and Germany - is much too slow :-D
11:59 September 5, 2011 by occassional
They could start by learning some polite English as they suck at it.
12:18 September 5, 2011 by Abe L
Indeed, teach the locals English and Swedish.
Having the police learn arab makes them display weakness and the people they get in contact with on a to frequent bases will just run right over them even more. The immigrants need to integrate and adjust, not the local police. These people really only know one language and that is to rule with iron fist.