Police guard targets shift from VIPs to citizens

Some 1,500 policemen, 100 patrol cars and 60 motorcycles currently being used to guard VIPs will be put on regular duty, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said Monday.

?They will stop guarding special targets and will be thrown into the fight against crime, the fight for the safety of Greek citizens,? said Dendias.

The minister said that the police set up a committee after the June 17 elections to assess ways of increasing the number of officers on patrol duty. Dendias said that the move to reduce the number of policemen guarding VIPs is based on the plan drawn up by police chiefs.

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