Modernising the police force is the only way to effectively combat crime in the future, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said yesterday.
Nicolaou said President Anastasiades has made clear from the start of his term that the police force must be modernised while efforts to stamp out police corruption will also be increased.
"Many changes will take place in the police departments including the promotion of neighbourhood policing to restore trust in the public."
The minister described modernising the police as a multifaceted challenge that will require specialised training for officers to better prepare them in combating serious crimes.
"In a time where Cypriot society is facing perhaps one of its worst struggles in history the police face an even greater responsibility to keep society safe and secure."
Newly appointed Police Chief Zacharias Chrysostomou said the "vision" is to create a friendlier image for the Cyprus police force while optimising its crime fighting capabilities.
"We are formulating a new approach to policing based on basic principles and practices which have been very effective in other countries."