Arnstein Øverkil

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Arnstein Øverkil (29 March 1937 – 27 February 2014) was a Norwegian police chief and civil servant.[1]

He was born in Hegra,[2] and from 1985 to 2002 he was the chief of police in Asker and Bærum Police District.[3] In 2003 he was appointed as acting director of the Norwegian Police Security Service. He left in 2004 when a permanent replacement for Per Sefland finally was found.[4]

Øverkil came to the Police Security Service from the job as police advisor for Yassir Arafat,[2] with whom he gained contact during the Oslo Process.[5] Øverkil was also a central member of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron. He was in Hebron during the incident of February 2006 when TIPH observers were attacked by Palestinians and withdrawn. The attack had a connection to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.[6]

He was a freemason,[7] and resided in Asker.

Øverkil died on 27 February 2014 from natural causes.[8][9]


  1. ^ Hagen, Erik (01.03.2014). "Tidligere politimester Arnstein Øverkil er død" (in Norwegian). Budstikka. Retrieved 1 March 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Steinfeld, Hans-Wilhelm (28 August 2003). "Arafat-rådgiver ny PST-sjef" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dette gjør politimestrene i dag". VG (in Norwegian). 14 September 2004. 
  4. ^ Stanghelle, Harald (10 August 2009). "Bill.mrk: "Frykt & Fornuft"". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 
  5. ^ Egeberg, Kristoffer; Langsem, Bjørn (19 January 2009). "Arnstein (71) bygget opp sikkerheten for palestinerne". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Andreassen, Tor Arne (9 February 2006). "Øverkil: Ble overrasket av mobben". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 
  7. ^ Holtan, Hakon (27 October 2008). "Avsløres som frimurere". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Arnstein Øverkil death notice Archived March 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Aftenposten
  9. ^ "Han bygde opp Palestinas politistyrker". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Norwegian News Agency. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Per Sefland
Director of the Norwegian Police Security Service
2003–2004 (acting)
Succeeded by
Jørn Holme