Norway investigation service considering ‘Facebook police’

Norway’s criminal investigation service Kripos is looking into opening “uniformed police profiles” which would patrol the social media website.

Norway investigation service considering 'Facebook police'
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The police agency is looking into the legal aspects of enabling police accounts access to groups and other parts of the site that are not open to the public, reports newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.

“We have looked into the possibility of creating uniformed accounts. But we have not decided whether it is something we should do,” communications officer Axel Wilhelm Due of Kripos told the newspaper.

Facebook has not previously provided police with profiles that have special access to the social media, but police can apply for access to closed accounts in connection with their inquiries, reports the newspaper.

Police in Norway have previously used fake profiles to investigate crimes such as smuggling, broadcaster NRK reported earlier this month.

The company’s Norwegian PR representative Släger Kommunikasjon wrote to the newspaper in an email that it did not wish to comment specifically on verified police profiles at the current time.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”