The Greek Police (ELAS) has announced plans to either merge or shut down 258 precincts around the country in a streamlining drive to make law enforcement more effective.
The number of the country’s police stations will shrink to 948 from 1,206 by incorporating smaller stations into larger ones and scrapping understaffed precincts altogether.
“We are moving ahead with the required reforms in order to make the police more effective,” said Alternate Minister for Citizens’ Protection Nikos Toskas.
The new measures will slash permanent positions by 12.7 percent, while authorities expect to save 10 percent in expenditure on precinct building rents.
According to the general secretary for public order, Dimitris Anagnostakis, who drafted the plan, ELAS spends some 350,000 euros annually on renting 18 police stations that are not in operation.