The Hellenic Police (ELAS) presented its new structure on Thursday. Plans for the abolition of 258 services were announced, reducing the force’s current 1,206 police departments. By streamlining the organization to 948 departments, there will be an economizing of 4,689 positions available for absorption by other services.
In Athens, 27 of the services will be condensed to 22, meaning that 145 police officers will no longer be necessary. At Piraeus, there will be 32 services merged to 22, reducing the force by 97 police positions.
District departments to be merged will be Neos Kosmos with Petralona (near the Athens center), Filothei, Psychico and Neo Psychico (north Athens) and Marathons and Nea Makri (east Athens). There will be a 21 percent reduction to regional police services, and economizing of 12.7 percent in manpower and 10 percent in leasing fees for buildings.
Alternate Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas said that the structural changes will ensure a more effective force. Furthermore, despite pressure, the ministry will have implemented its plans to release 700 policemen from their current posts as personal security officers for high-ranking officials.
Greek Police Chief Konstantinos Tsouvalas said that the police released from guarding officials will be used to make up 30-50 new crime-fighting forces. He announced that the process for securing European funds worth 13 million euros for the purchase of 400 new police vehicles is underway.
Public Order General Secretary Dimitris Anagnostakis revealed that the new system will economize funds as there were 350,000 euros being spent per annum for the leasing of 18 police precincts that were not operating.