400 special guards complete their training tomorrow, Tuesday, and after a few days off they will start patrols in two big university campuses, Minister for Citizen Protection, Takis Theodorikakos, said on Monday. He added the university police will assume their duties in early June.
Theodoriakos said further that the first patrols will start in the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and later in the campus of the National Technical University of Athens in Zografou and the campus of the Athens University of Economics and Business.
The exact structure of the new university police force is still to be determined by a decree to be drafted by the ministers of Citizens’ Protection and Education.
When completed, it will have to receive approval from the Council of State – a process which is expected to end without surprises after its recent ruling that the presence of police corps in universities does not violate academic freedom and the self-governing legal status of the institutions.