Greek Islands Heighten Security to Ensure Safe Holidays

Popular holiday islands, including Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, bolster their police forces ahead of the reopening of tourism on May 14.

More than 100 police officers are being transferred to Mykonos this week in a bid to bolster security on the popular holiday island ahead of the opening of tourism on May 14. 

The island has also been assigned a new police chief to oversee the expanded force, which will include departments dedicated to road safety and street policing. 

Apart from seeking to crack down on organized crime and burglary rackets taking advantage of the arrival of thousands of visitors from around the world over the summer months, the Citizens’ Protection Ministry initiative is also aimed at preventing the kind of illegal parties that took place last year, in violation of coronavirus protection laws. 

A similar initiative is being planned for the islands of Santorini and Rhodes, also hugely popular tourist destinations.

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