Head of Mission: Kauko Aaltomaa

Kauko Aaltomaa (Finland) was appointed as Head of EUPOL COPPS Mission on 01 October 2017.

Mr. Aaltomaa held many positions:

  • Director-General, Department of Police, Ministry of the Interior 2010–
  • Police Commissioner, Provincial Police Command of Southern Finland 2002–2009
  • Deputy Chief, National Bureau of Investigation 1998–2002
  • Detective Chief Superintendent, National Bureau of Investigation, Head of Main Division 1997–1998
  • Detective Superintendent, National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Intelligence Division 1994–1997
  • Various duties in different police units 1980–1994

Other relevant experience  

  • Representative of the Prime Minister in the Baltic Sea Task Force 2016–
  • Chairman of the Council of the Police University College 2017–
  • Chairman of the National Working Group of Civilian Intelligence 2015–2017
  • Chairman of the National Financial Crime Management Group 2010–
  • Chairman of the Coordination Group in Law Enforcement Matters between Finland and Russia 2010–
  • Chairman of the National Police Reform Working Group 2012–2015
  • Co-chair of the National Organized Crime Steering Group 2012–2015
  • Co-chair of the Terrorism Working Group 2013–2014

International experience

  • UN Military observer, Special investigation officer, UNTSO and UNGOMAP 1987–1988
  • UN Peacekeeping Force, Operation officer, UNDOF 1984–1985


  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki 1994
  • Senior Police Officer Examination 1989
  • CSDP High Level Course “Anna Lindh” 2016–2017