The independent union of Cyprus’ public employees (ASDYK) and its police branch on Monday called for the recruitment of permanent officers instead of the proposed recruitment of 300 special constables on a contract basis to stem migrant flows.

The union’s statement came after the government tabled and submitted a bill before the parliament which provides for the recruitment of 300 special constables for up to 28 months to curb migrant flows from the northern part of the island.

It said the government acted “hastily” and its decision to submit the bill was “wrong” as they called on the leadership of the police and the justice minister to reconsider and consult with the bodies of organised members of the force “to find the most effective arrangements”.

“The recruitment of special constables under a contract will cause disruption in the ranks of the police force and create two or even three tiers of police officers with all the negative consequences,” they said.

The union recommended instead the recruitment of 300 permanent police officers, who will be assigned the task of reinforcing the patrol of crossing points to deal with migratory flows.

The 300 special constables are expected to assist in the patrolling of the possible crossing points for irregular migrants, in migrant checks, to support in the transportation of irregular migrants and guarding the reception centres as well as deportation processes.