Police property up for sale

A total of nine properties belonging to the police force –including the headquarters of the Greek Police and of Attica?s force (known by the acronyms ELAS and GADA respectively) — are among dozens of state assets to be put up for sale or lease, according to the government?s midterm fiscal program which was voted through Parliament last week.

According to sources, the properties — which also include the police forensics headquarters in Athens, the capital?s Aliens Bureau and the buildings housing the police headquarters in Thessaloniki, Rhodope, Xanthi and Serres — are to be sold by the end of the year.

According to the midterm program, the state aims to allow private investors to buy these properties and then lease them back to the state.

Sources at the Citizens? Protection Ministry, which oversees the police, expressed doubts about the effectiveness of the program.

In a related development, it emerged that the police force has drafted an action plan that reduces the budget by 21.8 million euros.