The security environment of Finland has changed permanently, concludes the first internal security report of the Ministry of the Interior.
“The threat of terrorism has grown also in Finland. The threat has grown due to the arrival and return of people who have participated in fighting in conflict zones and due to an increase in the number of people who are interested in extremist groups and the recruitment of such people to radical activism,” a ministry spokesperson states in a press release.
“Organised support structures for terrorism have developed in Finland and connections between Finland and foreign terrorist organisations have increased,” they add.
Finland should consequently develop the capabilities of security authorities to improve public security, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
“New threats include, for example, the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West, widespread illegal immigration, and hybrid and cyber threats. Meanwhile, old threats have yet to be overcome. There are signs of a deteriorating sense of security among the public,” it states.
The Ministry of the Interior also lays out a number of measures to facilitate the operations of security authorities, such as putting an end to the decline in the number of police officers and deploying an additional 160 border guards to the eastern border.
“In addition to police officers, firefighters, border guards and emergency call centre workers, broad co-operation between authorities, non-governmental organisations, businesses and various other operators is necessary to improve security in Finland,” it says.
Finland, it reminds, remains a very safe country statistically despite the fact that the crime clearance rate has fallen and extremist groups have become more visible.
“Only a third of property crimes are solved. If the identity of the offender is initially unknown, roughly one-half of rapes and nearly two-thirds of assaults are left unsolved,” the press release reads.
The internal security report, which was presented for parliamentary consideration yesterday, was drawn up in order to make Finland the safest country in the world by the end of the current electoral term – an objective set forth in the government programme. The report will also serve as a basis for an internal security strategy that along with the government programme will steer the operations of the entire central administration in years to come.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi