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Police System Corrupt, Weak - DISY

cyprus crime newsThe police system is too weak and corrupt to control rising crime, including the 13 cases of theft, burglary and robbery per day, said opposition party DISY chief Nikos Anastassiades.

An internal report on the police force shows that nine out of ten officers believe that the force is corrupt and eight out of ten believe there is nepotism, said Anastassiades.

He also warned that crimes committed by juveniles are getting out of hand.

In presenting his party's proposals to reform the police, fire service and prison system, Anastassiades said " it is not too late to take action and modernise our institutions."

To restore confidence in the police system, DISY wants to upgrade the training of police officers and act to create a climate of reconciliation between the public and police. To do that, Anastassiades proposes to establish communications and complaints centres and an independent office of Internal Affairs.

His proposals on reforming the fire service includes making the department autonomous from the Ministry of Justice, boosting its resources with more fire trucks and improving training with a training academy.

According to the latest police figures, the number of cases classified as serious crime rose in 2010 to 8,402 cases compared to 7,094 cases in 2009.

Out of the 8,402 cases, 53 percent were solved, slightly lower than in 2009, according to the survey.

While the number of murders dropped to seven in 2010 from 19 in 2009, there was a rise in burglaries - from 2,504 cases in 2009 to 3,230 cases in 2010. Only 34 percent of burglaries were solved, said the survey.

There was a significant rise in violence at sports stadia, from 79 cases in 2009 to 114 cases in 2010.

Another worrying trend is the number of cyber-paedophilia cases, which rose sharply from 58 in 2009 to 251 cases in 2010.

The survey also said that the number of sexual exploitation people trafficking cases dropped from 31 in 2009 to 15 in 2010.


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