Cyprus Police Cyprus Police was set up with the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960. Two Public Security Forces were established within the framework of the Constitution: the Police Force, which was responsible for policing the urban areas, and the Gendarmerie, which was responsible for policing rural areas. A Greek-Cypriot Chief and a Turkish-Cypriot Chief administered the two Forces respectively. Shortly after the inter-communal troubles of 1964 and the abandonment of the posts held by Turkish-Cypriot police officers, the two forces merged to form the present Police. Prior to this, the British Colonial Government operated a police force which underwent many changes from 1879, when the first Police Law was passed, up until 1955 when the EOKA struggle for freedom began. During its 43 years of operation, Cyprus Police has played a very important role in maintaining and safeguarding law and order and generally ensuring the smooth functioning of the Republic. Mission The duties and responsibilities of the Police are set out in the amended Police Law (N.73(1)) of 2004 and include the maintenance of Law and Order, the prevention and detection of crime as well as arresting and bringing offenders to justice. However, in the context of the world-wide socio-economic changes and developments that have been taking place, as well as the needs of contemporary Cypriot Society, Cyprus Police has began to gradually diversify its role and mission, changing from a force to an organisation which aims not only to fulfill its mission, as set out by law, but also to provide services and assistance to the public. A considerable part of police human resources and means are dedicated to the achievement of this aim. Vision The primary future aims and objectives of the Leadership of the Police, which are already being implemented, are the following: - To modernise and transform the Police from a force enforcing the law on citizens into a Service, the mission of which is to serve citizens and society in general. - To promote change in the organizational structure of the Police. - To increase police personnel and upgrade its qualifications. - To conduct research with the aim of improving the public image of Cyprus Police. - To upgrade the Cyprus Police Academy to a Tertiary Level Educational Institution and the establishment of an Officers’ School at the Applied Science University. - To establish an Administration for Police Internal Affairs. - To upgrade Police buildings and construct new ones. - To decentralize the Police through the establishment of new police stations, especially in rural areas. - To improve Police working conditions, and - To continually improve and upgrade the relationship between the Police and the Public.