Coordination of safety and emergency preparedness activities
The Safety and Preparedness unit in the City Executive Office coordinates the City’s general safety and security matters and takes initiatives to find new solutions and practices. The unit cooperates closely with the City departments and corporations, the Helsinki Police Department, other cities and municipalities, the State administration, various organizations and residents. The unit’s operations help to lay the foundation for a safe and pleasant city.
The unit’s key responsibilities are:
-Steering of local safety and security planning in Helsinki. Local safety and security planning is implemented in extensive cooperation with other actors with careful consideration to the internal security programme of Finland.
-Steering of the City’s continuity management and emergency preparedness as well as activities related to City departments’ and corporations’ crisis containment and management.
-Cooperation between the City and other safety and security authorities. The unit develops cooperation between the safety and security authorities of the City and the State administration. The unit’s main partner is the Helsinki Police Department. The unit employs a police coordinator who has a police-force background.
-Promotion of multidisciplinary cooperation to prevent social exclusion of young people. The unit cooperates with youth work authorities and organizations.
-Development and implementation of practices that improve everyday resident safety and participation (for example, safety walks) in cooperation with other actors.
-Support for local networks and actors in situations requiring multidisciplinary cooperation to solve local problems related to safety and quality of life.
The unit is also the expert organization that deals with questions related to the development of City departments’ and corporations’ safety and security operations.