Local police are responsible for maintaining public order and security, preventing crime and investigating crimes and other activities endangering public order or security. Local police also carry out traffic control and surveillance, promote traffic safety and carry out other duties provided by law or otherwise assigned to the police.
There are 24 police departments in Finland with a total of 180 service points. Not all police departments are open round the clock.
In Finland, emergency calls are forwarded to the emergency response centres, which deal with calls for the police, rescue services and social and health authorities. They receive all requests for assistance in emergencies and dispatch the services required for dealing with the situation. Finland is divided into 15 emergency response centre areas. If you need urgent help from the police, dial the emergency number 112.
Local police are also responsible for providing residents in their area with licence services. Licence services are also available at a number of citizen's offices.
The Helsinki Police Department differs from other local police units in that it comes directly under the Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior. In addition to the normal local police duties, it is also responsible for a number of special duties at national level.
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