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