The Municipal Police again in the spotlight: Reorganization and new responsibilities


Responsibilities, the exercise of which are considered obsolete or inconsistent with the role of the municipal police, are abolished

His bill provides for the reorganization of the Municipal Police in order to make it more efficient Ministry of Interior entitled “Municipal Police, Public Market Bodies, Simplification of procedures between OTAs and Decentralized Commands and other regulations of the Ministry of the Interior”, which was put up for public consultation from today.

As noted in the explanatory report, the applied legal framework does not meet the modern functions and needs of the city and, therefore, needs repeals, adaptations, modifications, improvements and additions.

Responsibilities are abolished, the exercise of which is considered obsolete or inconsistent with the role of the municipal police, such as the review of hotel room price lists, or which were impossible to exercise by its officers, such as compliance with regulations regarding temporary settlement areas for mobile populations .

Responsibilities are distinguished in three separate categoriesdepending on the population of each municipality and the number of municipal police personnel:

In the first category simple responsibilities are included such as checking illegal parking, removing abandoned vehicles, imposing administrative sanctions on shops or businesses, serving documents, etc.

The second category it concerns compliance with the provisions on outdoor advertising, pets and outdoor trade.

More complex responsibilities include the third categorysuch as the control of legality in the licensing of health shops, theaters, cinemas, etc., noise pollution, common quiet and the operation of music in shops of health interest, the opening hours of shops, the operation of trade fairs, seasonal open-air markets and other entertainment activities and compliance with anti-smoking legislation.

Municipalities are divided, on the basis of population, into four categories, according to which the category or categories of powers exercised over them by the municipal police are determined. For each group of municipalities, the corresponding number of its staff is provided on a case-by-case basis.

Specifically, a) municipalities with a population of up to 3,500 inhabitants, (up to 5 staff members). b) from 3,501 to 6,000 inhabitants, (from 6 to 10 people) c) from 6,001 to 100,000 inhabitants (12 people as a minimum) and d) municipalities with a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants are staffed by staff resulting from the quotient of the division of permanent population for two thousand. The municipal police services of small municipalities can exercise the powers of the first category, medium-sized municipalities (with a population of 3,501 to 100,000) exercise the powers of the first and second groups, while all three categories are exercised by the municipal police of large municipalities. The bill, however, makes it possible, with a municipal council decision made by an absolute majority of its members, to assign to the municipal police responsibilities from all categories, regardless of population. As long as the exercise of all the responsibilities of the third category is assigned to the municipal police, the staffing of the service is increased by a third.

In order to ensure the effective operation of the municipal police, it is stipulated that in case of non-fulfillment of the cumulatively defined criteria, i.e. the population of the municipality concerned and the necessary staffing of the municipal policeshe exercises the powers of the immediately preceding category.

Candidates for the positions of special uniformed personnel of the municipal police must have reached the age of 21 and have not exceeded, for the PE and TE branches of the Municipal Police, their age of 35 and for the DE branch of the Municipal Police, the 28th and have a height of at least 1.63 m for women and 1.70 m for men. Candidates undergo athletic tests, psycho-technical tests and an interview.

The introductory training of the staff includes a program of theoretical and practical training lasting at least 6 months provided by EL.AS. and the National Center for Public Administration and Self-Government.

In order to ensure that the municipal police officers remain in the positions where they were appointed for a decade, it is stipulated that any resignation within the decade establishes an obligation to pay compensation to the relevant municipality.

The grades of the staff, the framework of graded development, the process of graded promotions and the selection criteria of supervisors (standard qualifications, actual public service and exercise of responsibility in organic units of the municipal police, as well as interview) are determined hierarchically.

It also establishes the obligation of municipalities to provide municipal police officers with legal support before the courts or judicial authorities, in the event of a preliminary examination or criminal prosecution against them, for offenses attributed to them that they committed during the exercise of their duties. Excluded from this obligation is the case of criminal prosecution following a complaint by a public service or an independent administrative authority.

Finally, the possibility of transferring municipal police officers to positions in another branch of the same municipality, of the same or a higher category, after completing 20 years of total service in the municipal police service is established.

The draft law also includes provisions for the operation of the public markets of the Attica Region and the Thessaloniki Regional Unit, simplifying the operation of decentralized administrations and dealing with public sector personnel issues. Among other things, it is envisaged to extend to substitute teachers working in mountainous, island municipalities the provision of free meals and accommodation, as is the case for their municipal employees, medical and nursing staff and uniformed persons.

The upper age limit for the recruitment of staff with a fixed-term private law employment relationship is increased from the age of 65 to the age of 67 and in exceptional cases to the age of 70, since, as stated in the explanatory statement, there are categories of employees who do not have the days required by law insurance and wish to work in order to complete the remaining marks in order to establish the right to a pension.

Finally, it is possible to drive the State vehicles exclusively for official reasons by the members of the government, the deputy ministers and the general secretaries of the ministries and the Presidency of the Government, in order to save costs and personnel.


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