National Bureau of Investigation > Combating crime
District Police Departments
PO Box 285
Tel. +358 71 878 0141*
In Finland the term combating crime refers to preventing, detecting and investigating crime as well as to referring the investigated cases to the prosecutor for consideration of charges.
Unlike many other countries, in Finland the police is mainly responsible for the whole process of the pre-trial investigation. Only when a policeman is suspected to have commited a crime, the investigation is led by a prosecutor. Also the Finnish Customs and The Finnish Border Guard are authorised to perform pre-trial investigations in their area of responsibility.
NBI focuses on organised crime
When investigating and preventing crime, we focus on:
Main strategic lines in crime prevention
Criminal targets, i.e. people and companies which surface from the situational awareness, are prioritised on the basis of their potential harm. Cases are then selected for criminal investigation and resources allocated for combating these systematically selected targets. Our specialist services in combating crime support the investigation.
In regard to organised crime groups, we apply all legal means to hamper their criminal activities. Members of these groups are a high priority for all law enforcement authorities, and the overall aim is also to detect and investigate even common crimes committed by such members. At the same time, more efficient monitoring produces criminal intelligence, which in turn is utilised to update the situational awareness.
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