National Police Board inauguration ceremony takes place
The Finnish police system concluded a comprehensive restructuring of their organization in early 2010, culminating in the founding of the National Police Board. The Board was created for two main reasons: to separate the tasks of the Ministry of Interior from the operational management of the police force and to introduce a two-tier system for the handling of such operational issues.
National Police Commissioner Mikko Paatero expressed his satisfaction with the restructuring at the inauguration: “The operational shift to a two-tier organization has already proven to be substantiated. A central National Police Board that directly leads and instructs each of the local police departments and national units cultivates consistency and equality. The division of roles with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Interior Police Department in particular is distinct and a clear consensus exists about the distribution of tasks.”
The National Police Board is charged with the planning, development, management and supervision of police activities and supporting operations. It is also responsible for matters linked to police activities, such as the uniform provision and quality of national services throughout the country, performance management and resource allocation for police units, and cooperative activities among units. The National Police Board operates in Helsinki and in the regional police offices of Turku, Mikkeli, Oulu, Hämeenlinna, Kouvola, Joensuu and Riihimäki.
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