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Advisory boards and committees monitor and develop the police’s activities

Advisory boards and committees monitor and develop the police’s activities

In the Ministry of the Interior, there is an Advisory Board for the Police. 

The Advisory Board has the following tasks to

  • monitor the developments of the environment affecting the police’s activities as well as police operations
  • initiatives to develop the police’s activities and operations
  • statements about matters concerning the police
  • handling of other matters brought to the police. 

 

The Advisory Board’s members remain the same for a maximum of four years at a time. The Advisory Board is appointed by the Government’s general session. 

The Advisory Board has a chair, a vice chair and a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 19 other members, as well as personal deputy members. The persons are appointed from among the staff of the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police Board and from among the persons representing different citizen groups and key parties related to the work of the police. 

Members can be, for example, members of parliament or other persons appointed by parties, as well as representatives of different ministries. A representative of the Association of Finnish

Municipalities has brought a municipal perspective to the Advisory Board. 

The police’s advisory boards and committees function locally at police departments

On the local level, the police’s advisory boards and committees take care of follow-up and development at police departments.

The number of members of the advisory committees is determined by the National Police Board. Members of the advisory committee are elected by the municipal council for the duration of the term of office. Each member has a personal deputy member. The chief of the police department is also a member of the advisory committee.

The advisory committees elect a chair and a vice chair from among their members. A person belonging to police staff can’t perform these duties. 

The advisory board for the security sector promotes the security sector in general
The tasks of the advisory board for the security sector, operating under the Ministry of the Interior, are as follows:

  • to promote cooperation between the authorities and private security service providers
  • to define general guidelines for the security sector
  • to promote and stay up to date with international cooperation in the security sector
  • to follow the development, training and research in the security sector
  • to stay up to date with the training and research in the security sector, as well as guidelines and communication
  • to propose initiatives regarding the security sector and issue statements.

The Ministry of the Interior appoints the members of the advisory board. It must comprise representatives from key administrative branches, the business sector, employers and consumers.