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Coronavirus and the police

The police also maintains public order and security in relation to the coronavirus.

Please avoid visits to the Police point of service if your problem is not urgent. You can file an online application for the passport or personal ID, and in most cases  report a crime digitally

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Use our online services because of the corona situation. Apply for licenses and file crime reports online. If your matter requires a personal visit, make an appointment in advance. Queuing at police premises is not always possible.

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Restrictions on movement and public order

The police have the right to isolate, close or empty a commonly used space or area or prohibit and restrict movement if this is necessary for maintaining public order and safety. To increase the effect of the isolation, a police worker can give orders and prohibitions that obligate everyone.

Not following Police orders is deemed to be criminalised insubordination. The police can arrest the recusant if they would cause noticeable disturbance or immediate danger to the public order and safety. The arrested person can be held as long as it is probable that they cause disturbance or danger; however, a maximum of 24 hours.

Duties of the police are always based on the law and decrees.

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Use Police Online Services for your permits or crime reports

19.3.2021 9.33 | Published in English on 19.3.2021 at 14.10
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In the current Covid-19 situation, the Police encourages the public to go online when possible.

Permit applications and crime reports can often be filed online. If your case requires a personal visit to the Police, book an appointment beforehand. 

- In certain police stations appointment times are fully booked currently. In such case try again later, states Senior Adviser Timo Perälä of the National Police Board. According to Perälä, all Police stations cannot guarantee possibility to queue indoors. This is due to the current Covid-19 circumstances.

In addition to filing an online crime report, parts of the actual investigation can be carried out remotely. However, if the Police summons you to a questioning, you must attend. If your attendance is not possible because of for example health reasons, please contact the officer that summoned you.

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