Nordic Trivium: arrests and offences in Finland

Published Wed, 04/11/2015 - 18:53

An international traffic surveillance operation conducted by the police revealed a large number of traffic violations and other criminal activity. The Finnish Police participated in a Nordic-Baltic Trivium operation on 19-23 October 2015. This operation was jointly coordinated by five countries: Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The operations centre consisted of representatives from all of these countries. Field operations in Finland were carried out by all police departments, to the extent permitted by their resources. The National Bureau of Investigation was responsible for operational matters.

During the operation, approximately 3,700 vehicles were inspected in Finland, 800 of which were foreign. Around 800 people were subject to checks to ensure that they had permission to stay in the country. Two persons were residing in the country illegally and 26 were wanted by the police. The operation also revealed around 200 traffic-related offences and violations, and 26 other crimes and violations.

In addition, uninsured and unregistered vehicles and stolen property were discovered, while information on approximately 60 cases per day was exchanged with other countries.

In recent years, TISPOL has carried out Trivium operations with the objective of preventing and revealing traffic offences and other criminal activity on the road network, such as illegal entry into a country, smuggling, human trafficking, property crime and drugs trafficking. The success of the Trivium operations conducted so far can be attributed to smooth, cross-sectoral cooperation within the police forces, effective exchange of information within and across national borders, collaboration with various interest groups, and intelligence-led policing.

Surveillance work in the Nordic-Baltic Trivium operation was primarily conducted by the traffic police and the police surveillance and emergency response units. Surveillance focused on organised illegal immigration and mobile foreign criminal groups, and the related observations.