Crime rate down by 30% in recent years, says President Anastasiades

Crime rate has decreased by 30% in recent years and this proves the efficiency of the measures taken and the adequate training and management of the Police, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has said.

The President was speaking on Monday at a ceremony during which the foundation stone was laid for the new Famagusta Police Department, in Paralimni, on the southeast of Cyprus.

In his speech the President said that the government is doing its best in order to create an even stronger sense of security, while reinforcing the infrastructure of the Police.

He added that the existing facilities of the Famagusta Police Department do not allow the Police to use their real potential, pointing out that the new building will house all the services of the Police in this district. The project will cost 5,5 million euro.

According to the President, the new building will be modern, will provide the best services to the public and maximize the performance of the Police staff.

President Anastasiades also said that there are plans, inter alia, to upgrade the infrastructure of two District Courts and the Family Court, the Prison Department and the police detention facilities.

In his speech the President also said that just recently a total of 210 police officers and 40 firefighters were recruited. He also referred to the Neighbourhood Policing in municipalities and local communities. He also spoke about the reforms taking place in order to strengthen the justice system in Cyprus.

As regards corruption, the President said that effective actions were taken and there is no longer any tolerance to corruption.

Source: Cyprus News Agency