OPINION

Crime detection dallying

A number of criminal investigations have piled up which the Greek police force has found itself unable to solve. Some of these, such as the murder of a police special guard in 2005 and a several attacks with explosive devices, are too serious to be simply filed away and forgotten. Other – more recent – examples include the injury by gunfire of a student in the Athenian suburb of Peristeri and an attack against a bus carrying a squad of riot police, also by gunfire. Both of these very serious cases remain unsolved. It is now up to the government to assume its responsibilities and order full and exhaustive investigations into these particular cases as well as into other similarly serious offenses so that the files can finally be closed and the guilty parties brought to justice. The police force most certainly has the staff, the skill and the expertise to get to the bottom of such unfortunate incidents, but the pileup of unsolved cases is dealing a serious blow to its credibility and also bodes ill for public safety and national security in general.