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Government negotiators agree to 500 more police officer posts, Yle sources say

Government formation talks are in their fourth week.

Prime Minister-designate Petteri Orpo speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
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Government formation negotiators have agreed to increase Finland's police force by 500 officers, according to Yle sources.

In recent years, law enforcement officials have often cited a need to increase the country's current 7,500 officers.

Previous government administrations have also boost police resources, efforts which helped keep the number of officers at current levels. MPs with law enforcement backgrounds have particularly voiced concerns about police funding levels.

Yle also learned on Thursday that the government formation negotiators, led by Prime Minister-designate Petteri Orpo (NCP), are also in agreement about boosting personnel levels of the country's rescue services.

A number of rescue service officials have said that the sector needs around 2,500 new emergency workers over the next few years.

If the four parties at the negotiating table in Helsinki's House of the Estates find consensus on a broad array of major issues, specific plans about boosting police and rescue service resources are expected to be included in their government programme.

The National Coalition's leader Orpo and MPs from the NCP, Finns Party, Swedish People's Party and Christian Democrats were scheduled to spend Thursday negotiating eventual policies on immigration and climate issues.

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