Finnish police > Organization
District Police Departments
The Government guides police activities through objectives included in the Government Programme and Government resolutions.
The Ministry of the Interior is responsible for the guidance and supervision of the police. The police service has a two-tier organisation. The National Police Board, which operates under the Ministry of the Interior, directs and guides operational police activities. Within its direct purview are the local police departments, the national police units, the Police College of Finland and the Police Technical Centre. The National Police Board is responsible for the performance guidance of these units.
National police units
The national units of the police comprise the National Bureau of Investigation, the National Traffic Police and the Finnish Security Intelligence Service.
The National Bureau of Investigation specialises in combating organised and professional crime, the Finnish Security Intelligence Service in combating crime and other activity that endangers internal and external security, and the National Traffic Police in surveillance of traffic.
The Police College of Finland is responsible for recruitment for police training, student selection, diploma and advanced studies, leadership training, further training, and research and development in the police field.
The Police Technical Centre specialises in the acquisition of equipment and supplies for the police.
The local police service is made up of 24 police departments, each of which has a central police station, one or more other police stations, police service points and citizen’s offices.
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