City po­lice back on streets

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The Athens Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice, dis­banded in the sum­mer of 2013 due to cost-cut­ting mea­sures, will be back out on the streets of the cap­i­tal with their ci­ta­tion books from to­day af­ter the force’s re­in­state­ment.

Since its dis­band­ment fines col­lected by the city from il­le­gal park­ing dropped from around 13 mil­lion eu­ros in 2011 to 6 mil­lion eu­ros last year, ac­cord­ing to Deputy Mayor An­to­nis Kafet­zopou­los.

The ab­sence of the force has been ob­vi­ous in day-to-day life as il­le­gal park­ing has be­come ram­pant in most parts of the city cen­ter. In one ex­treme ex­am­ple of in­dif­fer­ence to the rules, an Athens shopkeeper has run up a 1-mil­lion-euro tab in un­paid park­ing fines.

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