Police on Sunday held an open day for the public at a site close to headquarters in Nicosia.
The event, running until 6pm, included various demonstrations related to police work such as a mock helicopter rescue, a mock bomb defusal and a show of how the police canine unit works.
A music programme and bouncy castles for chidren were also on offer.
Addressing the crowd in both English and Greek, Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou said the aim of the event was to inform the public in a relaxed and informal manner, about various aspects of the work carried out by the police.
“Today’s activities are part of our overall policy of establishing good relations with the public and enhancing our cooperation’ he said. “Today, we want once more, to put across the message that we, the police and the public together, can substantially increase the levels of safety and security in our country and that together we can help turn crime around,” he said.
He also spoke about “smart policing” by fully exploiting technology in police work.
“Yes, the Cyprus Police Force has a human face. We feel we are an integral part of society… I assure you that the humanitarian approach is a key feature of the police force. However, it is a two-way street. We expect citizens to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation and constructive attitude towards the police since a society with high levels of security and good order is ultimately in everyone’s interest,” the police chief added.
Events like Sunday’s helped to build bridges of understanding and cooperation with the public and helped diminish any negative images and perceptions people might have of the force, Chrysostomou said.
“The message i want to send is that together, police and citizens, we can reduce crime and road accidents. Together, we can create a safe environment for us, our children and future generations.”