Grímur Grímsson, who for the past three years has worked as Iceland’s liaison with the European Police in the Netherlands, Europol, will take over as head of the Central Police Department in April. Grímur confirms this to Mbl.is today.
On April 1, it will be three years since he took over the position at Europol, but the position was for three years with possibly one year extension. Grímur took over the job from Karl Steinar Valsson, who had then been Iceland’s liaison with Europol in previous years.
Grímur and Karl Steinar actually had an exchange of seats on 1 April 2018 when Grímur went to Holland and Karl Steinar took over the central division from Grímur. Karl Steinar took up his post as Chief of Police in the International Division of the National Commissioner of Police on 1 January. Since then, Margeir Sveinsson has headed the central department of the police.
The office’s central investigation department is located on Hverfisgata, but the department handles, among other things, serious violent offenses, sexual offenses, major financial offenses and organized crime, such as drug offenses, human trafficking. and prostitution. The role of LRH’s research department is to handle complex, extensive criminal cases where, among other things, it may be necessary to bring together a group of experts and gather data in many places.
The department is divided into two. On the one hand there is a sexual offenses department and on the other a department that deals with organized crime and major crimes. The murder in Rauðagerði is one of the cases that the central department is investigating these days.
Grímur says in a conversation with Mbl.is that he is looking forward to coming back and will use the knowledge he has acquired externally. Grímur applied for the position of National Commissioner of Police last year when Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir was hired for the position.
Grímur was chosen man of the year by readers and listeners of Vísir and Bylgjan this year 2017 but he had then led the investigation into the murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir.