ØKOKRIM was established in 1989 as the central unit for investigation and prosecution of economic and environmental crime. In addition to being a specialist agency under the National Police Directorate, ØKOKRIM is a public prosecutors’ office with national authority under the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Norway is a welfare state with considerable social and economic security, but economic and environmental crimes present a threat to these important values. By combating them, we help to protect the our society.
ØKOKRIM’s objective is to be the leading organisation in the combat against economic and environmental crime. We will strive to create the best possible general deterrence by investigating and prosecuting criminal cases and by collecting and analysing financial intelligence.
One of ØKOKRIM’s key objectives is general deterrence. Through our work in specific criminal cases, we warn the general public that violation of the rules within our jurisdiction could result in punishment. The majority of ØKOKRIM’s resources are devoted to specific criminal cases. This is our place in the Norwegian law enforcement:
Most cases that fall under ØKOKRIM’s mandate are handled by the police districts. ØKOKRIM investigates and brings to trial the larger, more complex cases and/or cases of legal principle. Several of these cases extend beyond our national borders. The senior management at ØKOKRIM decides which cases will be investigated.
For more information about our organisation, please take a look at the menu on the left. You will also find more information about ØKOKRIM in general if you take a look at our Annual Reports.