Police secure revamp funds

The Citizens’ Protection Ministry is seeking 250 million euros in European Union subsidies to modernize the infrastructure and equipment of its emergency services and has already secured 91 million euros, it emerged yesterday. Most of the funding is to go to the police force and the fire service. Fourteen million euros has been earmarked to preserve all police archives in electronic form. Another 12 million euros is to be spent on electronic fingerprint testing devices – expected to facilitate police border checks – and 4 million euros has been set aside for software programs for the force’s electronic crimes unit. Several million euros is also to be spent on new vehicles for the police and the fire service. A ministry source told Kathimerini that the services were keen to make the most of the funding. «As the Greek state does not have money for investments, we decided not to let one euro go to waste from the EU funding we have the right to claim,» he said.