The image of brawny men dressed in skimpy pink skirts provoked a response that proved the general public didn't consider such gaiety among their city's law enforcers to be a laughing matter.
"Wtf! No wonder the kids in the suburbs believe that Swedish police are wimps. How on earth can anything of this kind appear on the official site?! The police should remain an authority and instill respect. Doing things in private is one thing, but publishing them sends all the wrong signals. Where did the common sense go? It seems to have completely disappeared and has been replaced by gender equality, feminism and LGBT. Believe me, it is not going to work," read one of the angry comments, which gathered a lot of ‘likes' and aptly summed up the public criticism.
"So you drive drunk then?" asked another user rhetorically. "Stop embarrassing Sweden! Is there any surprise other countries keep wondering what the hell is wrong with Sweden?"
"How cute! If you have these outfits on during arrests, you won't have to run as culprits will be rolling on the ground with laughter," quipped another user.
The growing street hazards, together with the declining level of job satisfaction due to tasks many find humiliating, have robbed police work of its prestige. A recent survey conducted by the pollster Novus revealed that three out of four policemen in Sweden have been thinking about quitting, citing low wages as the main reason. According to the regional newspaper Sydsvenskan, 54 percent of the surveyed police officers have been thinking about quitting, whereas 20 percent are actively looking for a new job; 82 percent claim that wages are too low.