JUSTICE Minister Ionas Nicolaou was at the St Raphael Hotel in Limassol on Thursday to show off two new police boats which were purchased as part of the cross-border cooperation programme with Greece.
Nicolaou said that €48m from the €60m cost of the programme has been funded by the EU.
“The two hi-tech boats, the portable thermal scopes and other sophisticated equipment undoubtedly enhance the operational ability of the police. They will contribute to the effective surveillance of Cyprus’ coasts and territorial waters,” Nicolaou said.
“The new equipment will enhance and improve our existing operational capabilities to combat various forms of organised cross-border crime such as illegal immigration and the smuggling of drugs and weapons which generate significant economic and social costs for the state,” a police statement added.