Cyprus Mail

Police chief draws the line on crooked cops

Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou

By Constantinos Psillides

POLICE chief Zacharias Chrystomou is determined to clamp down on crooked cops by having them kicked off the force or transferred to non-essential posts, reports said yesterday.

A senior police officer confirmed to the Cyprus Mail, on condition of anonymity, that a meeting had indeed taken place, as reported by the daily Politis which said that Chrysostomou demanded of his higher ranking officers that they deal with the bad fruits within their ranks.

The chief was reportedly furious at the extent of corruption within the police force, giving his subordinates 15 days to compile a list of officers who exhibit a “problematic work ethic” so they could be demoted to non crucial posts.

Chrysostomou pointed out that officers working together with organised crime units often tip-off the owners of establishments the police plan to raid, so the search yields nothing in the end. Worst of all, he reportedly remarked, patrons of those establishments mock the raiding police officers.

The police chief considers corrupt members as undermining the work of the other members of the force and told those present at the meeting that he is determined to root them out. Chrysostomou asked that if any evidence shows up against a police officer that he or she will be dismissed immediately.

Ever since Chrysostomou took charge on March 29, he placed combating corruption at the top of his priorities.

“Zero tolerance to corruption and abuse of power,” the police chief had said, as he took the oath of office during an official ceremony at the presidential palace.

Chrysostomou reiterated his resolve at dealing with corruption within the police at a June press conference on the force’s goals for the coming year. He once again made public statements that he will be implementing a zero tolerance policy, making it his first priority and promising that wherever any evidence arises against a police officer, that he or she will be dealt with accordingly.



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