On Wednesday May 26, Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis announced the strengthening of the law enforcement and security plan in the West Attica region, which has been in progress for the past two months.
As Mr. Chrysochoidis said after meeting with the Mayor of Acharne, to report on the implementation of the plan so far, “we are here every day, in cooperation with the local authorities, to fight crime and delinquency. A lot has happened here in recent years, and we do not want this to happen again. We are vigilant every day and believe that we are doing our job well. But we also need additional personnel, better trained, to work with residents, arrest and prosecute those responsible: those who break the law, those who are involved in drug trafficking in the region, who use weapons arbitrarily, which interferes with a calm, peaceful public life. ” …
Accompanied by the Mayor of Acharnes, the Chief of the Greek Police, Lieutenant General Mikhail Karamalakis, police officers, representatives of the municipality and the Anti-Crime and Narcotics Association, the Minister of Citizens’ Protection visited the building that will house all the services of the region and which will become the headquarters of the operational police action for the entire Western Attica. This is a former school complex, consisting of 4 buildings, in Avliz, with a total area of 2438 sq.m.
“Today is a special day for us, I hope, and important for the municipality of Acharnes, because we are being given this building, which is now abandoned. But we will turn it into a police headquarters, the Menidiu police station, the Acharnes Security Department, and a number of other police services, which will create a single center for police operations for the entire West Attica, so that this area will become the starting point of security in the region.
Our attention to this area is constant. I believe that we will best complete the work within 18 months, and then our services will start working. Until then, we will continue to constantly be on the streets, to be present, to cooperate with civilians so that social peace in this area, which has faced many problems, can be strengthened, ”said Mr. Chrysochoidis.
For his part, the Mayor of Acharnes, Spyros Brettos, praised the close cooperation that he has maintained during the year with the Ministry of Civil Protection and the General Directorate of Police of Greece. He thanked the minister for the personal interest and importance he attaches to solving crime issues in the area.
For reference. Aharne (Menidi) is home to many far from the most law-abiding immigrants from the countries of the former USSR and other countries, such as Albania, Bulgaria, Pakistan, etc. In addition, there are several camps and places of permanent residence of Roma in the region and its environs. The specifics of the outskirts, as well as a dysfunctional social environment, a high level of unemployment among the residents of the district have made this area a bad name for one of the most criminogenic areas in the Attica metropolitan area.