The government’s anti-crime priorities were first set in 2005 at a meeting between the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Justice in Laulasmaa. Since then, they have been somewhat revised.

National anti-crime priorities

In order to use resources efficiently and prevent, combat and detect crime effectively, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of the Interior set priorities and determine areas requiring improvement for the police and the Prosecutor’s Office. Priorities are based on the fundamental principles of the Riigikogu’s criminal policy and the internal security development plan.

In addition to national priorities, the Prosecutor General sets priorities in the work of the Prosecutor’s Office. All priority areas have a designated prosecutor in charge.

The role of criminal policy is to develop a law-abiding society and the values required for this. Criminal policy is based on knowledge and analysis and is data- and technology-driven. Criminal policy takes into account future risks and opportunities arising from technology and global trends.

The objective of criminal policy is to prevent offences, respond to them and reduce the damage caused by them in cooperation with the education, health, social, cultural, sports and financial sectors, communities, local governments and the voluntary and private sectors. The purpose of the penal system is to support a law-abiding lifestyle and thereby provide confidence that norms based on the values of our society are implemented, violations are addressed and conflicts are resolved fairly.