The police have procured 96 new vehicles, most of which are ‘smart vehicles’, 42 of which are connected to the ANPR system and another nine are ‘stealth’ cars, which will not be immediately recognisable as police patrol units.
The ANPR system can detect a variety of factors, such as number plates, speed control, valid driver’s license, and outstanding warrants or fines. In October 2020, it was announced that the police had obtained 49 such vehicles, with Wednesday’s report adding more to the force.
Head of the police’s technological development department Loizos Prastitis told Phileleftheros that the smart cars will primarily focus on the secondary road network. Of those, 44 are SUVs and will replace the existing fleet.
The force will now also have at its disposal two mobile command units which will be able to independently coordinate the patrol fleet.
They will be deployed at scenes of trouble and will be able to take statements from witnesses on location.
The two units will also be fitted with screens to follow live footage of ongoing incidents.
The nine ‘stealth cars’ will not have police lights or markings and will blend in with the usual traffic.
And, finally, the police force is also being beefed up with a further five anti-riot vehicles which will be able to transport teams to the scene of riots, illegal gatherings and other such incidents.