About ØKOKRIM

Sist oppdatert 16.01.2015

ØKOKRIM was established in 1989 as the central unit for investigation and prosecution of economic and environmental crime. ØKOKRIM is the main source of specialist skills for both the police and the prosecuting authorities in their combat against crime of this kind. 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.

ØKOKRIM's vision

Norway is a good country to live in; a welfare state with considerable social and economic security. Economic and environmental crimes present a threat to these values. By combating them, ØKOKRIM helps to protect important values in the Norwegian society.

Main objetives

ØKOKRIM’s objective is to be the leading organisation in the combat against economic and environmental crime. ØKOKRIM 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.

Økokrims plassering

ØKOKRIM's responsibilities

  • to uncover, investigate, prosecute and bring to trial its own cases
  • to assist the national and international police and prosecuting authorities
  • to raise the level of expertise of the police and the prosecuting authorities and to engage in the provision of information
  • to engage in criminal intelligence work, dealing in particular with reports of suspicious transactions
  • to act as an advisory body to the central authorities
  • to participate in international cooperation

Cases handled

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 the organisation, enter here.

For more information about ØKOKRIM in general, see the latest Annual Report here: ØKOKRIM's Annual Report 2012 (PDF)