Cyprus' increased cooperation with the US on criminal matters relating to terrorism is of paramount importance, newly-appointed Chief of Police Zacharias Chrysostomou said on Wednesday. Speaking during a media conference following the handing over of counter-terrorism equipment by the US government to the Cypriot authorities, Chrysostomou said that the continued threat of terrorism can only be negated by strict cooperation between member states and the US.
"For this reason the US is helping Cyprus upgrade its counter-terrorism resources with specialised training and equipment." The equipment donated to Cyprus will help law enforcement in three main areas; the examination of terrorism-related crime scenes, cyber-terrorism and crisis management and response.
"Our joint aim is to increase safety for our citizens and the citizens of all member states from terrorism and other forms of serious crime." US Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus Andrew Schofer agreed that the American government considers cooperation with the authorities of all member states vital in the war against terrorism.
Schofer said the equipment donated to Cyprus is worth €140,000 while other initiatives include counter-terrorism training. Between 2011 and 2013, 41 members of the police force have received training in the US.