Greek police to offer ‘cop for hire’
Greek police are offering a 30 euro (£25) per hour « cop-for-hire » scheme for private companies or citizens seeking protection at special events, in a bid to raise money.
Police said the service was provided only under special circumstances, such as cases of high-security risk, and that revenues would be used to fund police equipment and boost the state budget.
Hiring a police officer for an hour costs 30 euros, according to the law, which has entered into force. A police vehicle escort, for example for the transfer of art works or other sensitive material, will cost an additional 40 euros per hour and a motorcycle escort 20 euros.
For larger-scale operations, police patrol boats can be hired for 200 euros and helicopters for an hourly 1,500-euro fee.
Along with other public sector workers, Greece’s 55,000 police officers have suffered wage cuts and layoffs amid austerity measures imposed by international lenders in exchange for financial aid.
Le Québec peut remercier le Canada pour la péréquation… Les Grecs n’ont pas eu cette chance…