Chief of Police Seppo Kolehmainen is concerned that police have been increasingly subjected to hate speech and paintings. Kolehmainen reminded Yle TV1's One Morning of the reality that in Finnish law, painting is a criminal offense.
- The cops have said they will not report the crime because they have to be painted and the families involved.
According to Kolehmainen, those who are the target of paintings and hate speech prefer a quiet road.
Kolehmainen said that the painter has succeeded in his goal. Prolonged starvation can lead to an official no longer working or seeking another job.
Kolehmainen said that according to personal surveys, 18 per cent of the police are considering changing the industry.
Pirjo Auvinen, the journalist for the First Morning, asked Kolehmainen what kind of attack he thought was that Ano Turtiainen, a member of the Basic Parliament of Finland, said in a Twitter post that police officer Jari Tapo was an eggless killer. Taponen had written about responsibility for freedom of expression.
- Painting or hate speech is not, for example, a criticism of the police. It belongs to a democratic society. When using public power, one must be able to tolerate criticism, Kolehmainen would respond.
- When we go to the individual level and insult the individual, then we start to go to the border of whether it is punishable hate speech, Kolehmainen added.
According to Kolehmainen, legal protection for police and officials could be made if hate speech were to become a crime by the public prosecutor.
A draft law is pending in the Ministry of Justice.
Sweden is a cautionary example
Kolehmainen tells that he has taken a message from the Swedish police chief, who warns Finns of organized crime.
In Sweden, organized crime is on the rise. It covers all possible criminal activities, from drug trafficking to prostitution, money laundering and financial crime.
Firing events and explosions are worrying phenomena. In Sweden, every other day it explodes somewhere in the country.
Kolehmainen says that the Swedish police have repeatedly warned Finnish counterparts not to make the same mistakes as in Sweden.
- We still have time to take preventive measures and, of course, it is essential to keep the police in good operational capacity.
Your threesome compromised on your language requirement
Kolehmainen recalls that organized crime in Finland is very active. It even tries to take root in the structures of Finnish society.
- According to the Central Criminal Police, gang crime is on the rise and street gangs of different ethnic origins are on the rise.
According to Kolehmainen, all work is needed to combat professional crime.
In his recruitment of criminal groups, he turns his attention to homes, schools and social services. There should be a reasonable deal for those who are contemplating how to respond to the offer of a criminal group.
In Kolehmainen's opinion, one recipe would be to make language requirements at the workplace more difficult.
Today, with good language skills at the workplace, immigrants are left without jobs. They are excluded from society and are vulnerable to possible temptations by criminal groups.
- Although it would be easier to work and study Finnish and Swedish while working there, Kolehmainen suggests.
- Make sense, work quickly and in a way to build Finnish society.