Country: Greece

The Hellenic Police is subordinated to the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection. The Hellenic Police assumed its present structure in 1984 when the Gendarmerie (Chorofylaki) and the Urban Police Forces (AstynomiaPoleon) were merged (Law 1481/1-10-1984, Government Gazette 152 A). Hellenic Police (EllinikiAstynomia) is a Law Enforcement Agency according to the Law nr. 4249/2014 and its mission is to:

  1. ensure peace and order as well as citizens` unhindered social development, a mission that includes general policing duties and traffic safety
  2. prevent and interdict crime as well as to protect the State and the democratic form of government within the framework of constitutional order, a mission that also includes the implementation of public and state security policy
  3. prevent illegal border crossing as well as to enforce the legal framework in which immigrants are allowed to live and work in the country.

Hellenic Police is comprised of both central and regional Services. Hellenic Police`s headquarters is the supreme authority over these Services. Its efforts center on the fulfillment of the Force`s mission, within the framework of the Ministry of Interior`s policy. For this reason, it schedules, directs, oversees and monitors the activities of its Services, and it ensures the necessary conditions for the exercise of its authority.

In its continuous mission to serve and protect citizens, Hellenic Police has responded to our times` demands and challenges by improving training, adopting a modern crime prevention policy, better utilizing science and technology and by exploiting international law enforcement cooperation.

Role in TRESSPASS:

Hellenic Police (HP) participate providing operational expertise, definition of needs and requirements and evaluation of results from the LEA view point. HP officers contribute to the definition of realistic scenarios, the implementation of training programs to personnel and security professionals, the covering legal aspects of the proposed research and dissemination of the project results.

HP already operates in the Port of Piraeus being the primary LEA performing border controls. HP will be the primary End User during the Final Pilot

Accession Date: 9 October 2020