I was hugely impressed (and not a little amused) by the gentlemen who were in charge of organising traffic when the lights failed, or when there were roadworks (and there is an awful lot of building going on in Tallinn).
They weren't police, wore fluorescent green vests and waved a baton around. Frantically. At the same time, they repeatedly blew short sharp bursts on a whistle ........it all seemed very frantic, and I'm not convinced anyone was paying a huge amount of attention. The traffic seemed quite capable of sorting itself out without ear-piercing blasts and sticks being shaken.
I wish I'd videoed this chap: he really was working himself up into a frenzy. A man who takes his job very, very seriously...........:-)
The police (Politsei) had a pretty low profile when I visited.
I saw some police vehicles occasionally, but didn't see any walking police people anywhere (which surprised me rather, especially in the heavily-touristy areas).
But I did see these two, on on a scooter and one on a rather good 4-wheel thingie (I have forgotten what they are called).
I imagine the four-wheel thingie is excellent for making hot pursuits down the winding cobbled alleyways and narrow streets of the Old Town.
Or maybe it's excellent for travelling over boggy bits on the outskirts of the city?
Or maybe it's just jolly good fun to ride? :-)
They seemed to be enjoying their job anyway. Which is always nice to see.
Its unbelievable: Estonian drivers stop at zebra crossings for pedestrians! Even on busy 4 or 6 lane roads they will slow down and stop to let you cross! Be careful when you drive in Tallinn! The driver in front of you may break suddenly for this reason.