The Centre for Security Studies, Ministry of Citizen Protection (KEMEA), is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research centre since 2005 (L. 3387/2005) within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece at a strategic and national level. More specifically, the activity of KEMEA includes Research and Development in the context of National and European projects and in close cooperation with Hellenic Police, working under the auspice of the Ministry of Citizen Protection and Training of the practitioners in new systems and technologies. KEMEA also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Citizen Protection as well as to other Public and Private authorities on safety and security issues.
A main objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) and Border Guard Authorities (Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Civil Protection Agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from Europe. This dedicated approach to exploring synergies, establishing communication links and working together to produce end user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects. In these projects, in 2015, KEMEA carried out a comprehensive study called “Hellenic Integrated Border Security and Surveillance Systems for Sea and Land Borders”, which included requirements for the concept of operation, suggested areas of monitoring and finally technical requirements and associated metrics for the competitive procurement process. Additionally, in 2011, KEMEA completed a comprehensive study for the development of the National Command Centre (NCC) in Greece in the framework of the EUROSUR regulation. KEMEA was responsible for the procurement of cutting-edge technological equipment for the Hellenic Police which significantly improved on the existing capabilities of its CBRN laboratory, DNA analysis subdivision and Ballistics analysis laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Division. Accompanying soft actions organised by KEMEA also helped the Hellenic Police achieve compliance with relevant EU directives, promoted collaboration with respective agencies of other EU countries through the transfer of know-how and common training activities. In addition, KEMEA held international high-level workshops with the participation of political and institutional figures, police officers and expert scientists from around Europe to assist in the networking of the laboratory staff.
KEMEA currently employs 58 highly qualified and experienced researchers and security experts, including 25 active officers of LEAs. These researchers and experts are specialized in various topics such as: Border Management and Surveillance, Smart Borders, Crisis Management, Emergency Response, GIS, Hazardous Materials, Information Security, Cyber Security, Information Systems, Telecommunications, Ad Hoc Networks, Civil Protection, Operational Readiness Exercises, Statistics, International Relations, Transportation Security and European Policy, etc.
FORENSIC SCIENCE DIVISION OF HELLENIC POLICE (HP)
It has been mutually agreed between HP and KEMEA – according to the Memorandum of Cooperation between HP and KEMEA – that HP will participate, through KEMEA as the beneficiary entity in Security Research projects, based on Hellenic Police operational experience and expertise.
The Forensic Science Division of Hellenic Police is located in Athens and is the National Crime Service of Greece. It is a member of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and offers significant support to the work carried out by all prosecution authorities in Greece. The Forensic Science Division is certified according to the international standard ISO 9001: 2008 and further accredited with the international standards ISO 17025: 2005 and ISO 17020: 2004.
The Forensic Science Division includes the following sections:
- Biological and Biochemical Examinations and Analyses Subdivision
- Northern Greece Forensic Science Subdivision located in Thessaloniki
- Internal Operations Department
- Fingerprints Department
- Crime Scene Investigation Department
- Fire Arms and Tool Marks Examinations Department
- Examinations of False Documents and Counterfeit Values Department
- Chemical and Physical Examinations Department
- Digital Evidence Examination Department
- Audio and Visual Evidence, Photography and Modus Operandi Department
- Pursuit and Statistical Department
- Department of Archives
- Local Crime Investigations Bureaus all over Greece under Hellenic Police Forensic Science Division.