Informing the police about a crime may lead to court proceedings and punishment for the person found guilty of the offence. Anyone can report an offence to the police. If the police suspect that a crime has been committed, they will start a criminal investigation. The police department in the district where the crime has been committed handles the criminal investigation.
The police are responsible for notifying the prosecutor of any criminal case they are investigating. The prosecutor will decide whether the case should be taken to court. A trained voluntary arbitrator can also arbitrate in some criminal cases.
All of Finland
- Criminal cases in district courts link
Information on the procedure in a criminal case in a district court.
Ministry of Justice
- Compensation to crime victims link
The victim of a crime can be paid a compensation for personal injury, property damage and other economic loss caused by a criminal offence.
- Police duties in criminal investigations link
Instructions on how to report an offence and the duties of the police in pre-trial investigations; conciliation, compensation for crime damage.
- Mediation link
Conciliation in criminal and civil cases and the conciliation procedure.
- Reporting an offence link
Information required to report an offence, online reporting of offences concerning stolen property or damage to property.
- Application form for crime damage e-service
Application form for crime damage