OPINION

Big police force, but not on the streets

Greece has the lowest crime rates of all the countries in the European Union. This also coincides with the relatively crime-free Greece having the highest number of policemen per citizen (one police officer for every 198 people) – that is, twice the French ratio (1:417). Nevertheless, the public’s sense of insecurity runs high – and not without good reason. It’s hard to find a police officer when you need one. The reason is that most of them have been appointed to offices or have been assigned as bodyguards for the protection of self-important personalities. In other words, taxpayers pay thousands of euros so that some people can get a useless bureaucratic post or be used as decor for famous personalities. Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras must set aside his union concerns and deal with the issue.