Police shortcomings gave Norway gunman extra time. “Children were being slaughtered for an hour and a half and the police should have stopped it much sooner,” said a law professor at the University of Oslo whose niece was on the island and survived by hiding in the bushes. As we said before, the Norwegian police could not find any boat or helicopter for about an hour and a half ! Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said Tuesday Breivik was surprised he even made it onto the island without being stopped by police, never mind that he was left to fire his assault rifle and handgun for so long ! The island’s lone part-time security guard was among the first people he killed. He was unarmed ! Police spokesman Johan Fredriksen rebuffed criticism Tuesday of the planning and equipment failures, calling such comments “unworthy” ! But some experts say: “There was also an amazing failure in police preparedness and reaction, both in terms of human resources and technical capabilities.” Police spokesman Sturla Henriksbo said Norway a country spanning some 1,100 miles (1,750 kilometers) in length, with about 50,000 islands has only one police helicopter !!!! , based at an airport north of Oslo. The helicopter has only four seats, including two for the pilots and one for an equipment manager
The media reported: “Delta Force, the special/emergency force, could have used an army helicopter, but decided it would take too long to scramble one from the nearest base in Rygge, some 40 miles (60 kilometers) to the south.” A law professor said he would have expected Norway’s special forces to have trained to reach a popular retreat like Utoya within 15 minutes. The police action was too little and too slow,” he said. “The cold truth is that many children who died out there should not have died. ” It emerged on Tuesday that the nearest police helicopter available was not able to intervene because its pilots were on holiday! Texting between the survivors and their families can show us more truths: “Julie : Mummy, tell the police they must be quick. People are dying here! Mom : I’m working on it, Julie. The police are on their way … Julie : Tell the police that there is a mad man running around and shooting people. They must hurry! ” Yes, they had to be quick, they had to have more helicopters, they had to be ready for any emergency situation. As a result of a sequence of missteps and shortcomings, the killer was able to spend an estimated 1 hour killing people before a single officer reached the island. Some minutes after they landed, Breivik surrendered without resistance !