The Norwegian government has decided to temporarily introduce border checks at the internal Schengen border to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from persons arriving in Norway from abroad. The police are responsible for carrying out these border checks.
Assistance from the Home Guard
Norway has several border crossing points, and the police have asked the Home Guard to assist them in tasks linked to guarding, transportation and logistics.
– During this present situation, the Home Guard will support the civilian community in close collaboration with the police, as part of the country's overall contingency capacity. This will enable the police to maintain their response capacity and deploy its resources to prioritised tasks, thus being able to assume their social responsibility, says National Police Commissioner Benedicte Bjørnland.
Military personnel assisting the police at the border crossing points are not armed, and are placed under police command. The soldiers have been granted limited police powers to be able to carry out their guarding tasks.
- The Home Guard will alert the police in cases where foreign nationals do not comply with instructions. The police will carry out necessary arrests and entry refusals, says Bjørnland.
About the Home Guard assistance
- Military personnel at the border crossing points are placed under police command.
- The military personnel will assist the police in giving advice, information and instructions to persons seeking to cross the border. They will not exert physical force.
- Military personnel assisting the police are not armed. They have been granted limited police powers.