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Police detain 3 more security guards in criminal probe

The development brought the number of security guards suspected of crimes to nine.

Police in Helsinki suspect an additional three security guard employees of various offences during their shifts, according to Avarn Security Finland.

The firm confirmed on Monday that police had detained three of its employees linked to investigations concerning suspected violent acts by security guards, allegedly carried out near capital region train stations.

The development brought the number of security guards suspected of crimes to nine. Last week, it was reported that Avarn Security had sacked a total of six employees from after Eastern Uusimaa District Court ordered their placement in remand custody.

In a company statement, Avarn Security Finland’s managing director Niclas Sacklén apologised for the situation.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for all inappropriate behaviour in our company. Unfortunately, we have to state that we have not completely succeeded in that principle,” Sacklén’s statement read.

Police in Eastern Uusimaa confirmed the company’s statement that three individuals were detained over the weekend.

Authorities are to continue investigating the matter to determine whether there are grounds for them to continue to be held in remand custody.

Police are currently investigating a total of 24 incidents that occurred from May until December 2022. The nature of the suspected crimes range from assault, threatening, defamation, breach of privacy and breaches of laws on intoxicants.

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