Greek police headquarters
Athens, October 20, 2023
Events to celebrate the “Day of the Police” and the Patron Saint of the Body of the Great Martyr Saint Artemios were held today throughout the country
The main event took place at the former School of Greek Police Officers
The Minister of Citizen Protection, Yiannis Oikonomou, attended as a representative of the Prime Minister and addressed a greeting
The Chief of the Greek Police, Lieutenant General Lazaros Mavropoulos, read the Order of the Day
The visitors had the opportunity to tour the Exhibition Space of the Collection of Historical Heirlooms – Evidence of the Greek Police, to see up close an Exhibition of photographic material as well as police vehicles, of various types, of historical interest
“Police Day” was established by the State to honor the work and contribution of the Greek Police to society
The Greek Police, with official events throughout the country, celebrates today, Friday October 20, 2023, the “Day of the Police” and the memory of the Patron Saint of the Body, Great Martyr Saint Artemios.
The main event took place in the morning hours today at the former School of Greek Police Officers, where the Solemn High Priestly Divine Liturgy was held in the Holy Church of Panmegisto Taxiarhon, followed by a doxology in honor of the Patron Saint of the Greek Police, Great Martyr Agios Artemios.
The Most Reverend Metropolitan of Nea Ionia, Philadelphia, Heraklion and Chalkidon, Mr. Gabriel, assisted by the representative of the Blessed Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, His Eminence Bishop of Evripos, Mr. Chrysostomos and the Head of the Greek Police Religious Service, His Eminence Archimandrite – Police B Fr. Alexios Kourtesis and Priests.
The Chief of the Greek Police, Lieutenant General Lazaros Mavropoulos, read the Order of the Day, pointing out, among other things:
“…It is a day of high symbolism, in the conceptual background of which coexist principles, values and ideals, which represent the House and highlight the purpose it serves. The same principles, values and ideals highlighted the Patron Saint of the Body, whose Memory is honored today, as unchanging over time, a model of consistency, ethics and responsibility, as a source of courage, strength and strength…
… the feelings of pride and satisfaction that all of us who serve in the Police Force feel on this special day, renew and at the same time strengthen our debt and responsibility, both towards society and the State itself, which trusted us and designated us as Law enforcement…
… This selfless and steadfast attitude and commitment that you have to your official duty and mission, is also the reason why the police is established in the consciousness of the world and the opinion that you are always next to the citizen is strengthened and consolidated…
… Be sure that I know and appreciate the systematic efforts you make, -one by one-, the professionalism and the high sense of responsibility with which you face the daily challenges, small or large in scope.
And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the offer and the daily battle you fight. A battle of permanent dual content. On the one hand, to restore orderly social functioning and order, on the other hand, to prevent and suppress any kind of criminal behavior and legal deviation.
As today is a day of celebration and joy, we do not forget those colleagues who are no longer with us, all those who lost their lives in the line of duty, defending all the fundamental rights of citizens, with faith in their oath and in all range of obligations arising from it.…
…Happy Birthday !”
The event from the Ministry of Citizen Protection was attended by the Minister of Citizen Protection Yiannis Oikonomou, who represented the Prime Minister and addressed a short greeting, the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection, Konstantinos Katsafados and the General Secretary of Public Order, Emmanuel Logothetis.
In addition, Athanasios Bouras, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Government, Vice-Presidents of the Parliament, Members of the Hellenic Parliament, MEPs, General and Special Secretaries of Ministries, representative of the Chief of the General Staff of National Defense and Chief of Staff G. E.E.TH.A., the Regional Governor and Mayors of Attica, the Governor of the Bank of Greece, Ioannis Stournaras, the Deputy Chief of the Fire Brigade, the Chief of the Coast Guard – Hellenic Coast Guard, the Director of the Athens Prosecutor’s Office, representative of the Director of the Athens Appeals Prosecutor’s Office, representatives of the Chiefs of General Staff of the Armed Forces and Security Forces and their officers, Ambassadors and representatives of Diplomatic Authorities in our country, as well as Police Associations of foreign countries and representatives of Judicial Authorities, Local Self-Government, Foundations, Organizations and Agencies.
On the part of the Greek Police, the Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Georgios Douvalis, the Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Police Headquarters, Lt. Gen. Eleftherios Garilas, the Inspector General of the Police of Southern Greece, Lt. Gen. Nikolaos Spanoudakis, the General Police Director of Attica, Lt. Gen. Asterios Mantzi, attended okas, Heads of its Branches of Headquarters, Directors of Branch Directorates, Directors of Autonomous Directorates of Headquarters, active and retired Officers, delegations of Headquarters and the General Police Directorate of Attica, police and civilian personnel, honorary Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of the Corps and representatives of Trade Union Federations and Associations, Associations of Apostates and Groups of Friends of the Police.
Afterwards, a reception was held in the forecourt of the former Officers School of the Hellenic Police, where the invited guests and visitors had the opportunity to tour the Exhibition Space of the Collection of Historical Heirlooms – Evidence of the Hellenic Police, to see up close an Exhibition of photographic material as well as police vehicles and a motorcycle , of various types, of historical interest.
It is noted that, on the three days of October 18-20, a nationwide voluntary blood donation of the Hellenic Police personnel for the Corps’ blood bank took place.
Finally, yesterday, a Grand Solemn High Priestly Vespers was held in the Holy Church of Panmegisto Taksiarchon – in the premises of the former Officers’ School of the Greek Police – after the offering of bread and litany of the Holy Relic of Saint Artemios and the Holy Icon, under the patronage of the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Aeneos Mr. Makarios of the Ecumenical of the Patriarchate, assisted by the Head of the Religious Service of the Hellenic Police, His Eminence Archimandrite – Police Officer II Fr. Alexios Kourtesis and Priests.
The Chief of the Greek Police, Lieutenant General Lazaros Mavropoulos, the Chief of Staff of the Greek Police Headquarters, Lieutenant General Eleftherios Garilas, the Inspector General of the Police of Southern Greece, Lieutenant General Nikolaos Spanoudakis, officers, executives of the Corps as well as representatives of Trade Union Federations and Associations were present.
Similar events were held throughout the country.
It is pointed out that “Police Day” was established by the State to honor the work and contribution of the Greek Police to society.
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