Greece Police Hierarchy

The national police service of Greece is also referred to as the Hellenic Police and is a very large agency with a wide range of duties and responsibilities.  The police force was formed and established in 1984 and is a security organ which is mainly responsible for ensuring peace, prevention and suppression of crime, traffic safety, implementation of public and state security policy and many others.

The Hellenic police is commissioned along central as well as regional lines and consists of civilians, police officers, special police guards as well as border guards. The following is the structure and hierarchy followed within Greece Police:

greece police hierarchy

Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection

The Hellenic police force is headed by the Minister of Public order and citizen protection. It is this minister who sets forth the general policy making and direction of the country and also gives direction to law in the country as a whole.  The head of force however is not Minister of Public order and citizen protection.

Chief of Police

The chief of police is the highest member of the official workforce of Greece police and handles the day to day management and administration of the country.

Deputy Chief of Police

Underneath the chief of police comes the deputy chief of police who plays an advisory role and also takes place as an interim head in the case when the chief of police is unable to assume his duties

Head of Staff

Working underneath the deputy chief of police is the head of staff who is not only the acting principal of the police academy but also heads the order and security branch.  He/she also is the head of the economical-technical and information support branch as well as the administrative support branch.

General Inspectors

Equal in rank to the head of staff are the general inspectors of southern and northern Greece. These inspectors handle the regional services of both these divisions.

The following are the various other positions in Greece police hierarchy:

  • Police lieutenant general
  • Police major general
  • Police brigadier general
  • Police colonel
  • Police lieutenant colonel
  • Police major
  • Police captain
  • Police lieutenant
  • Police second lieutenant
  • Police warrant officer
  • Police sergeant
  • Police constable

The Greek police force also has several special services divisions which come under the authority of the Chief of Police. They are given as follows:

  • Cyber Crime Center
  • Special Violent Crime Squad
  • Forensic Division
  • Division of Internal Affairs
  • International Police Cooperation Division
  • Informatics Division Special Anti-Terrorist Unit
  • Department of Explosive Devices Disposal
  • Hellenic Police Air Force Service
  • Teams of Motorcycling Policemen
  • Teams of Motorcycling Policemen
  • Force of Control Fast Confrontation
  • Special Guards
  • Border Guards
  • Units for the Reinstatement of (Public) Order (Riot Police)
  • Unit of Police Dogs