The Hellenic Police assumed its present structure in 1984 when the Gendarmerie and the Urban Police Forces were merged (Law 1481/1-10-1984, Government Gazette 152 A). Hellenic Police is a Law Enforcement Agency according to the Law nr. 2800/2000 and its mission is to:
- ensure peace and order as well as citizens` unhindered social development, a mission that includes general policing duties and traffic safety;
- prevent and interdict crime as well as to protect the State and the democratic form of government within the framework of constitutional order, a mission that also includes the implementation of public and state security policy.
- prevent and deter the illegal entrance – exit of aliens in Greece and to control the implementation of the legislation related to the entrance, exit, stay and labor of aliens in the country, including the policing of aliens and the protection of borders.
Hellenic Police is comprised of both central and regional Services. Hellenic Police`s headquarters is the supreme authority over these Services. Its efforts center on the fulfilment of the Force`s mission, within the framework of the Ministry of Citizen`s Protection policy.