Social workers and nurses employed by the police evaluate the needs for social services and other psychiatric help or treatment for customers whom they meet in police work. They provide psychosocial guidance and information.
Every police district employs social workers. In addition, two (2) social workers represent the City of Helsinki Social Services and Health Care Committee in police interrogations and hearings involving minors in order to supervise their interests, as well as in court dealings involving 15- to 17-years-olds.
Social workers assess needs for social work and other guidance, and nurses assess needs for treatment, in the various stages of criminal processes.
The services are free of charge to customers.
Customers seek the services or are referred to the services by or via the police.