The recent ceremony at the Cyprus Police Academy marked the official induction of the new cohort of Special Police Constables, who will be responsible for maintaining border safety and managing migration flows. The event was attended by high-ranking officials, and the Chief of Police emphasized the importance of their role and called upon them to uphold the values of selflessness and determination.
What was the purpose of the recent ceremony at the Cyprus Police Academy?
The ceremony at the Cyprus Police Academy was held to officially swear in the latest cohort of Special Police Constables, marking their commitment to serve the community and undertake critical responsibilities, such as maintaining border safety and managing migration flows.
The Cyprus Police Academy was the setting for a significant event as the latest cohort of Special Police Constables took their official oaths. This momentous occasion marks the beginning of a new chapter for both the inductees and the community they are set to serve.
Swearing-In Ceremony Highlights
The ceremony was not just a formality but a showcase of commitment and dedication. It took place on the heels of their hiring, which occurred the previous Friday, on December 22, 2023. Exactly a week later, the inductees assembled to be officially sworn in.
The event was graced by the upper echelons of the Cyprus Police force, demonstrating the importance of the occasion. The presence of such high-ranking officials underscored the value and the hopes placed on these new constables. In attendance were:
- Mr. Stelios Papatheodorou, Chief of Police,
- Mr. Christoforos Mavrommatis, Deputy Chief of Administration and Training,
- Police Officer A’ Mr. Panagiotis Kountouresis, Director of the Police Academy,
- Police Officer A’ Mr. Thomas Hatzikyriakou, Commander of the Foreigners and Immigration Service.
Training and Responsibilities
The rigorous training program at both the Cyprus Police Academy and the Motorized Rapid Action Unit awaits these new members. This training is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties effectively.
The Special Police Constables will be entrusted with several critical responsibilities. Their primary role will be to maintain order and ensure the safety of the nation’s borders, focusing on the management of migration flows. They are tasked with:
- Surveying and monitoring potential irregular migrant pathways along the Green Line,
- Identifying and apprehending smugglers and terrorists among irregular migrants,
- Transporting and guarding migrants during movement and escorting them to appropriate facilities,
- Securing reception centers and detention facilities for irregular migrants,
- Executing deportations when necessary.
The Chief of Police’s Address
During the ceremony, Mr. Stelios Papatheodorou conveyed a heartfelt message to the new constables. His speech was a blend of welcome, advice, and expectation, emphasizing the significant responsibilities that come with their new roles. He implored them to uphold the values of selflessness, determination, self-sacrifice, and objectivity in their service.
A Call to Action
The Chief of Police also highlighted the gravity of the illegal migration issue and its impact on Cyprus’s economy, prosperity, and security. He called upon the new members to assist in this critical area with the understanding of its complexity and importance.
The Journey Begins
With the ceremony completed, these new Special Police Constables now officially embark on their journey to protect and serve. They stand ready to face the demanding and vital tasks ahead, carrying the trust and expectations of their superiors and the public at large.
The recent ceremony at the Cyprus Police Academy was held to officially swear in a new group of Special Police Constables. These constables will be responsible for maintaining border safety and managing migration flows. The ceremony was attended by important officials, including the Chief of Police, who emphasized the importance of their role. The constables will undergo rigorous training and have various responsibilities, such as surveying potential migrant pathways, apprehending smugglers and terrorists, and transporting migrants. The Chief of Police called upon the new constables to uphold values like selflessness and determination.