Press release 166/2017
Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ministry of the Interior
The European Union has appointed Director General Kauko Aaltomaa of the Police Department, the Ministry of the Interior, as Head of the EUPOL COPPS civilian crisis management operation on 28 September 2017.
EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) was launched in 2006 and is based in Ramallah in the Palestinian territory. The mission’s task is to support the civil police reform and develop and strengthen the judicial system of the Palestinian Authority through training and advice. The main focus is on training the Palestinian police and developing both the criminal justice system and the police-prosecutor cooperation. The aim is to support the Palestinian Authority to build efficiently functioning institutions in line with the best international standards.
A total of 70 experts from around 20 different countries are employed in the mission and eight of them are Finns, representing different administrative branches.
Director General Kauko Aaltomaa has worked for 37 years in the Finnish Police and the Ministry of the Interior. He is currently working as Director General in the Police Department of the Ministry of the Interior where his responsibilities include strategic performance guidance of the Finnish Police and Security Intelligence Service. During his career, Aaltomaa has worked as the Police Commissioner of the Provincial Police Command of Southern Finland
and deputy director in the National Bureau of Investigation. He has also worked in UN missions in the Middle East.
Inquiries: Timo Kantola, Deputy Director General, Political Department, tel. 0295 351 477 and Senior specialist Tiina Ehrnrooth, Ministry of the Interior, tel. + 358 50 456 4045.
Requests to interview Kauko Aaltomaa, tel. +358 295 488 550.