ATHENS – The ranks of the country’s 56,000-strong police force have been swelled by another 708 new officers who were sworn in at the weekend and will be begin work at the Attica General Police Headquarters (GADA) this week, Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos said on SKAI radio on Monday, adding that the new officers will increase the numbers of officers out on patrol.
“From the first moment we started at the citizen protection ministry, I said that the goal was to increase the police presence next to the citizens. On Saturday, 708 new police officers were sworn in and all of them will this week begin serving exclusively and only at GADA. What for? Because this is where 70 pct of crime in the country is located, whereas just one third of the 56,000 police are here. The number of police officers out on patrol will increase,” he said.
He said announcements will be made in the next two weeks on how patrols at night will be increased, as evidence shows these are effective in the fight against crime.