“The way has been opened” for the start of recruitment procedures through ASEP for 1,213 new municipal police officers in the OTAs of the educational categories DE (Secondary), PE (University) and TE (Technological).

With a Joint Ministerial Decision signed by the Ministers of Interior Makis Voridis and Finance Christos Staikouras, a “green light” was given for the allocation of 1,000 vacant organic positions per municipality and education category.

These positions arose after corresponding requests from the municipalities that were called by the Ministry of the Interior to submit after the passing last December of Law 5003/22 on the reform of the municipal police.

This approving decision is expected to be notified tomorrow Monday to all the municipalities of the country, while at the same time the Ministry of the Interior will send the relevant supporting documents to ASEP in order to proceed with the drafting of the notice. This will include all 213 positions approved last September as part of the annual recruitment planning.

As reported to the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency by the general secretary of Human Resources of the Public Sector, Vivi Charalambogianni, it is estimated that the announcement will be published after September given the freezing of recruitment procedures during the election period.

Based on the KYA, the coverage of the 1,000 vacant organic positions will be done in 137 municipalities of the country and concerns 633 positions of the DE category, 183 of the PE category and 184 of the TE category. The lion’s share is received, as is natural, by the municipality of Athens with 181 positions, of which 153 are in the DE category and 14 positions in the PE and TE categories. In the municipality of Thessaloniki 80 places are allocated (40 DE, 20 PE, 20 TE), in the municipality of Heraklion Crete 30 (18, DE, 6 PE, 6 TE), in the municipality of Thermi 20 (15 DE, 4 PE, 1 TE), in municipality of Acharnon 16 (12 DE, 2 PE, 2 TE), in the municipality of Thermaikos 15 (11 DE, 2 PE, 2 TE) and in the municipality of Chalkideon 13 places (9 DE, 2 PE, 2 TE). Also, 12 seats are allocated to the municipalities of Vari – Voula – Vouliagmeni, Keratsini – Drapetsonas and Pyrgos, 11 seats to the municipalities of Agios Dimitrios, Elefsina, Kassandra and Katerinis and 10 seats to the municipalities of Agrini, Drama, Eordia, Thira, Komotini, Mandra – Idyllia , Nafpaktia, Neapolis – Sykeon, Nikaia – Ag. Ioannis Rentis, Rethymno and Florina. In the remaining 111 municipalities there are between one and nine positions.

Accordingly, the 213 positions are distributed among 34 other municipalities, including Piraeus (77 positions), Chania (32) and Kalamaria (15).

It is noted that this is the first time that recruitment to the municipal police will be carried out entirely through ASEP, as until now they were exempted from the Authority and were done by points in accordance with the provisions of PD 135/06.

The conditions and qualifications for appointment Candidates must meet the following conditions: Be between the ages of 20 and 35, have a height of at least 1.63 m for women and 1.70 m for men and have the mental and physical health, as well as the mental qualifications that enable them to perform the duties of their position. Candidates who are judged to be medically fit undergo sports tests, which include:
a) 100 m road in 16” time (one attempt).
b) 1,000 m road in a time of 4′ and 20” (one attempt).
c) High jump with a jump of at least 1.00 m (three attempts).
d) Long jump with a jump of at least 3.60 m (three attempts).
e) Shot put (7.275 kg) at a distance of at least 4.50 m, as an average
right-hand and left-hand throwing condition (three attempts per hand).

Candidates who succeed in the sports tests undergo psychotechnical tests and an interview, in order to investigate in particular judgment, perception, adaptability to changing situations and demands, degree of readiness, self-control, emotional stability, and personality structure.

The standard qualifications for the appointment of the special uniformed personnel of the municipal police by branch and specialty are as follows:
a. for the PE branch, the degree or diploma of any department of A.E.I. of the country or an academically equivalent or equivalent title from schools abroad,
b. for the TE branch, the degree or diploma of any T.E.I. of the country or an equivalent title from schools abroad,
c. for the PE branch, any degree or diploma or diploma of Professional Specialty, Education and Training level 5 (I.E.K. or Post-High School Year – Apprenticeship Class EPA.L.) or Vocational Training at the level of post-secondary professional education I.E.C. . or Vocational High School (EPA.L.) or Vocational Specialty, Education and Training level 4 EPA.L. or Technical Vocational School (T.E.E.) B’ Cycle of Studies or Unified Polytechnic High School (E.P.L.) or Technical Vocational High School (T.E.L.) or Middle Technical Vocational School for Construction Managers or General High School or Unified High School or General High School or other equivalent title of a local or foreign school unit, regardless of specialty.

The following are defined as additional appointment qualifications for all branches:
a. Knowledge of operating a Computer (PC) in the areas of text processing, spreadsheets and internet services, the possession of a B’ class car or two-wheeled motorcycle driving license, at least 50 cubic centimeters and at least a good knowledge of the English or French language.

Those hired will attend a theoretical and practical training program lasting at least 6 months provided by EL.AS. and the National Center for Public Administration and Self-Government.

According to the new law, the powers of the body are expanded and divided into three categories according to the size of the municipality. The municipal police officers will be able to make arrests and for specific offenses to exercise the duties of an investigative officer. They will operate under the standards of the security forces, as they will wear a uniform and special equipment such as a bulletproof vest, handcuffs and gloves. Changes have also been made to the ranks, but also to the precedence among special uniformed personnel, and a yearbook will now be kept for these personnel.