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Thu, 22 Oct, 2015 12:10:00 AM
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According to the National Police Board, no police practice regarding communications or guidance have changed due to the huge influx of refugees.
 
“As the number of refugees have increased, so have related phenomena of interest, and we want to put together in one volume the guidance related [to the refugees],” said National Police Board Communications Head Marko Luotonen.
 
The board is currently preparing a communication plan which takes into account the effect of refugees on police communication.
 
When it comes to an individual suspected of a crime, the law, according to Luotonen, is clear. Publication of the suspect’s name, ethnicity or asylum status is closely regulated by law.
 
“The ethnic background can be disclosed, in the interest of catching a suspect, for example, a dangerous person. This is, however, an exception. According to the publication law, asylum status is considered confidential information for the authorities.”
 
The other issue, according to Luotonen, is how to describe criminal phenomena that may increase due to the refugees. In this, the correct information will be disclosed while keeping in line with privacy laws.
 
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