New minister wants to boost police patrols

[Intime News]

New Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis, in his fifth stint at the ministry overseeing the security forces since 1999, has his work cut out for him as he tries to overhaul the Hellenic Police.

The top priority is getting more officers out in the streets. Whether crime overall is on the rise is debatable, but well-publicized violent incidents have made citizens feel insecure and this shows clearly in opinion polls. As Kathimerini had revealed recently, the number of patrols, both by patrol cars and the DIAS motorbike patrol unit, is at an all-time law. In the southeast Attica sector, ranging from inner suburbs to Cape Sounio, a distance of well over 50 kilometers, only three DIAS patrols have been assigned. Areas with higher-than-average crime incidents, such as western Attica, are similarly understaffed, with local precincts especially depleted.

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