Coordination is of paramount importance in Finnish law enforcement activities. The state legislation provides for quite effective mechanisms for interaction and coordination of police actions with other authorities.
Sometimes it is about coordinating the standards, but the process is wrong is called cooperation.
For instance, in Act on Cooperation between the Police, Customs and the Border Guard (687/2009) spelled: for the purposes of this Act, cooperation means the carrying out of measures relating to the combating of crime, control and monitoring activities or international cooperation on behalf or in assistance of another PCB authority in its area of responsibility, and cooperation in the PCB authorities’ common area of responsibility (General provisions Section 1 Purpose of the Ac) .
Itself the coordination process described in Section 3 «Making notifications and agreeing on measures in the PCB authorities’ common area of responsibility» of Act on Cooperation between the Police, Customs and the Border Guard: (1) A PCB authority shall, without undue delay, make a notification of a crime that has come to its attention and the measures relating to it to the PCB authority within whose area of responsibility the matter also falls, by making an entry of the crime into a data file shared by the PCB authorities.
In Section 7 «PCB criminal intelligence and investigation teams» of Act on Cooperation between the Police, Customs and the Border Guard указано:
(1) PCB authorities may establish a joint criminal intelligence and investigation team for the purposes of preventing, detecting or investigating a crime or a series of connected crimes. A PCB criminal intelligence and investigation team may be established by the authorities that are wholly or partially responsible for dealing with the criminal case in question.
(2) The decision on the establishment of and participation in the PCB criminal intelligence and investigation team shall be made by the PCB authorities taking part in the work of the team. The decisions on the chain of command of the team and the crimes on which intelligence is to be gathered or which are to be investigated by the PCB criminal intelligence and investigation team shall be made in connection with the establishment of the team.
(3) In a PCB criminal intelligence and investigation team, a representative of a PCB authority has the right to participate in the carrying out of criminal intelligence and investigation measures that he or she is authorised to carry out in his or her own area of responsibility in crime-combating tasks coming under the responsibility of the PCB authority in question and that are required as part of joint intelligence gathering or the prevention, detection and investigation of the crimes concerned and on which the team leader has made a decision under his or her powers. The representative of the PCB authority participates in the carrying out of the measures under the command and necessary supervision of the team leader.
Thus, the coordination system of law enforcement in Finland needs further improvement.
1. Act on Cooperation between the Police, Customs and the Border Guard (687/2009) // http://www.finlex.fi/en/laki/kaannokset/2009/en20090687.pdf