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Safety and police
The police’s job is to protect judicial system and social order, uphold general order and safety, and prevent, solve and bring crimes to consideration of charges.

The police operate to uphold safety in collaboration with other authorities, as well as with the communities and residents of the area.

If you become a subject of a crime, you must rely on the police’s help. If you need urgent police assistance, call the emergency number 112. You can only call the emergency number on urgent emergencies, like when a life, health, property or the environment are in danger.

Everyone has a right to report a crime that took place to the police. A report of an offense can be made by phone, in person at the police station or through the police’s website. File a report of an offense as soon as possible.

If you become a victim of a racist crime, report it to the police. Racism means thinking that a certain group of people or a person who is a part of that group is inferior on the grounds of, for instance, ethnic origin, skin color, nationality, culture, mother tongue or religion. Racist crime means a crime that was committed for a racist reason. Racist crime can be for instance violence, defamation, discrimination, threats, bullying or vandalism.

In Finland the police take care of a lot of permit matters in addition to supervising safety and order. The police issue for instance a driver’s license and a passport.

The police can also give you a foreigner’s identity card, if you have been identified and your identity has been reliably verified. You can be identified by a document that proves your identity. If you don’t have this kind of a document, your fingerprints can be compared to the fingerprints that were recorded on your residence permit card or on your residence card. In addition to this it’s required that:

  • you have a valid residence permit or a residence card, or your right of residency
  • has been registered;
  • you have a municipality of residence in Finland; and
  • your information has been recorded in the population information system.

You can prove your identity with a foreigner’s identity card in Finland. You can use it for instance when you open a bank account in Finland. However, you can’t use it as a travel document when you travel abroad.

The Saarijärvi police station’s address is Virastotie 4. Police service is on Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can reach the police by phone Mon-Sun 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when their duties allow. Contact information for reaching the police is as follows:

inquiries about reports of an offence and interrogations tel. 0295 445 302

police service line’s general guidance and notifications etc. tel. 0295 414 783