OPINION

Police force in need of assistance

We can no longer ignore the fact that the Greek police force is facing a major terrorist threat and its members are in the sights of certain people who appear determined to take a policeman’s life. Kathimerini has written frequently about the problems and weaknesses of the country’s police force and also about its lack of professionalism. But be this as it may, the Greek state has a duty to keep the public safe and to give the police force the tools and know-how it needs to achieve this. One example – and this is almost too ridiculous to believe – is that despite the number of attacks that have been carried out against police stations in general and against officers on guards in particular, the Greek police force is still not allowed to install closed-circuit television cameras outside every police station. In this particular case, surely protecting public safety and public interests becomes more important than the protection of privacy? All we have to do is look abroad, where so many terrorist groups and individual attackers have been apprehended simply because they had been caught on tape.