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  • Exhibition logo in the museum facilities, with the text: Poliisi paikalla! (The Police is Here!).  

    The Police is Here!

    How has police work changed during the years? What did a “relay crown servant” do? What about the “vice squad”? When did Finland’s first Internet police officers begin working?

    The National Police Museum’s The Police is Here! permanent exhibition provides answers to these and many other questions. In the permanent exhibition, we give information about witch hunts, homicide, State treason, and cybercrime in the modern world.

    Photo The Police Museum

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  • A view of the Museum’s exhibition. The picture shows, among others, the ‘Poliisi’ (the police) sign on the wall and some police tape “Police – do not cross”, and weapons on the wall in the background.

    A view of the exhibition

    In the Police is Here! permanent exhibition museum visitors are able to walk along streets and alleys where the police do their everyday work. The “criminal landscape” of the various epochs is on display: crimes, accidents and the dark side of the lives of police clients.

    Photo The Police Museum, Jarkko Järvinen

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  • A wooden chair in which suspects were photographed for police records. At the front, there is a large lamp used when the photographs were taken. 

    Suspect registration chair

    In the Police Museum’s permanent exhibition, museum visitors can, for example, examine a view into a room where an old chair in which suspects were photographed for police records is on display. Crime suspects were photographed sitting in this chair.

    In the Police Museum, museum visitors can themselves sit in a similar chair.

    Photo The Police Museum

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  • A child wearing police overalls is playing in the Police Museum’s children’s section, holding a magnifying glass and looking at a miniature police car. The child is sitting on a traffic play mat, and a wall featuring police-themed comics is seen in the background.

    A lot to do in the children’s section

    There is a lot to do in our children’s section Pokela. Children can, for example, sit behind the wheel of a small police car and play with toys. In Pokela, touching the items is permitted!

    There is a hidden treasure in the closet: small police overalls that the little officers of Pokela police station can wear during their tour.

    Photo The Police Museum, Reetta Lepistö

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  • A black-and-white photograph of around twenty members of the Police Department staff posing for the camera in front of an old stone building. Some members of the group are sitting down and others are standing, while four persons are mounted on a horse. Most of the persons pictured are wearing a police uniform.

    Police officers in Kuopio in 1913

    Members of Kuopio Police Department staff in 1913.

    Photo The Police Museum

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  • A black-and-white photograph of a police officer in uniform at a desk, making a telephone call.

    Telephones in active use already in the early 1900s

    Telephones were in active use at the Helsinki Police Department already in the early 1900s.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection, A. Rosenberg

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  • A black-and-white photograph of police officers patrolling at the Helsinki railway station, and adults and children with suitcases, standing and walking around.

    Escape from aerial bombing

    During the war, the police supervised people’s movement and evacuation on the home front. In the picture, Helsinki residents are seen at the railway station on 27 February 1944, escaping from aerial bombings of the city. Police officers are present in the midst of the crowd.

    Photo The Police Museum

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  • Three uniformed police officers are guiding Olympic athletes. The picture also shows children admiring the athletes. In the background, there are flagpoles with flags of various countries.

    The police at the Helsinki Olympics

    Before the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, concerns were raised about how presentable the police would be in the eyes of an international audience. The aim was to modernise the military uniform, and the conduct of the police, making them more relaxed. The trend was similar in other Nordic countries, and the civilian-type uniform of “gentleman police” was first introduced in Finland. Before the Olympics, police constables received training in languages and instructions on how to behave, present themselves and serve the general public.

    Photo The Police Museum

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  • A black-and-white photograph of a female police officer in uniform checking the paperwork of a lorry driver.

    A female police officer in traffic surveillance

    In the early 1900s, the criminal investigation departments recruited female officers to serve in the vice squad. In the 1920s, they were put in charge of for example arrested women, unwed mothers and “vagrant children”.

    The first training course for female police officers was arranged in 1923. The education and training, position and pay of female police officers was weaker than that of male officers for a long time. From the 1970s onwards, men and women received the same police training, and at that time, women also entered the uniformed police squad. In 2019, women were present in all police duties, except the National Special Intervention Unit.

    In the photo, a female police officer is checking the paperwork of a lorry driver in the 1980s–1990s.

    Photo The Police Museum

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  • At the front, an unmanned aircraft of the police (UAS), a drone, is seen hovering in the air. A uniformed police officer controlling the UAS, and cars can be seen in the background.

    Unmanned aircraft in the police forces

    The amount of technical equipment used by the police has increased in the 2000s. In the picture, the police operate an unmanned aircraft (UAS), a drone.

    Photo Sami Hätönen

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  • A black-and-white photograph of a man, wearing a lab coat, sitting at a desk, closely investigating a glass bottle. Dozens of different glass bottles stand next to him on the table.

    Fingerprint analysis

    Manager of the Crime Museum, assessor Viljo Vathén, is analysing fingerprints in 1955. Vathén’s colourful guided tours in the Crime Museum were famous for making some of the visitors feel nauseous.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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  • A black-and-white photograph of a large, complex photography device on a table.

    Micro­photography equipment

    The Crime Museum collection sheds light on the history and development of forensic crime investigation. This microphotography equipment was acquired for the Crime Research Centre in the 1920s–1930s.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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  • An axe with a wide blade and a wooden handle, behind the axe there is a wooden storage box.

    An executioner’s axe

    The executioner’s axe of the Province of Kuopio executioner and its storage box from the late 1700s. The purpose of the axe with a wide blade was to decapitate a person.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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  • A pair of brown, wrinkled leather shoes with dozens of colorful pins stuck all over.

    Shoes associated with the Lake Bodominjärvi murders

    A triple murder was committed at Lake Bodominjärvi in Espoo in 1960, and the offender has not been identified to this day. In connection with the pre-trial investigation, the suspect’s shoes were recovered by the police for forensic laboratory examination. The traces of blood on the shoes are marked with pins placed on each drop of blood on the shoes.

    Photo: The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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  • A black-and-white photograph of three men standing in front of a van. One of the men is in police uniform, while the other two are wearing civilian clothes. A brick building is visible in the background.

    Criminal investigation department van

    Helsinki Police Department received the first criminal investigation department investigation van in 1951.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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  • A black-and-white photograph of a man, wearing a lab coat, standing in an archive room. The walls of the room are stacked high with archival drawers. The man is examining a paper he has taken out of a drawer.

    Archive of the Distinguishing Features Office

    One of the methods used by criminal investigation departments has been to collect various types of information and compile personal registers. The Crime Research Centre’s Distinguishing Features Office collected a variety of information of criminals, including fingerprints, photographs and a card file of nicknames.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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  • A black-and-white photograph of four men investigating a car inside a garage.

    Smugglers’ car

    The Prohibition Act meant a lot of work for the police in 1919–1932. Even though the purpose of passing the Act was to safeguard public morale, to eradicate crime and bad manners, the exact opposite happened. Smuggling and trade of liquor started to flourish, and the crime rate increased manifold.

    In the photo, police from Helsinki investigate the car of moonshine bootleggers.

    Photo The Police Museum, the Crime Museum collection

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