Major discrepancy between finances and police budget proposals from interior ministries | New

The Home Office warns that if funding is not met, there could be staff cuts in the police.

The Home Office is asking for more funds in the proposed budget for police spending. Image: Matias Juho Aleksi Väänänen / Yle

The Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Finance are on different pages regarding budget increases to secure police operations.

The Ministry of Finance is in the midst of budget proposals for fiscal year 2023 this week.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Finance proposed that the level of police funding be increased by 17.5 million euros next year. The Ministry of the Interior, on the other hand, proposes an increase of 42 million euros.

Negotiating officer Antti Karila of the Home Office initially told the STT news agency that if police funding levels remained so low in the budget, it would lead to staff cuts in the police.

He then clarified that the Interior Ministry was indeed receiving the €17.5m it needed for police expenditure, but needed additional funding for IT and building expenditure.

Karila added that he fears the lack of funding will be reflected in the use of police human resources.