OPINION

Police force needs support

The state has a duty to protect and strengthen the position of Greek policemen as the latter invest a great amount of effort in order to carry out their duties under particularly difficult conditions.

Images like the ones of a policeman being set on fire by a Molotov cocktail being thrown at him in downtown Athens, not to mention those of policemen turning into targets for the ire of protesters in Keratea, demonstrate the magnitude of adversity that members of the police force are called to confront on a daily basis.

What?s more, all of this is taking place at a time when the police department has suffered major cuts in salaries.

What the government needs to do is come up with the necessary funding so as to strengthen the police force in its entirety. At the same time, it needs to guarantee the police?s budget in order to avoid the rise of serious problems in its operations.

During such crucial times, the Greek Police cannot be treated like any other public service department.