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The identity of the Hellenic Police Intelligence Division (HPiD)

The Hellenic Police Intelligence Division (HPiD) is the Central Intelligence Hub of the Hellenic Police, focusing on combating all forms of crime, but mainly Serious and Organised Crime and Terrorism.

The Mission

The mission of the HPiD includes intelligence support and analysis of data deriving from preliminary judicial procedures to all Hellenic Police Agencies as well as to other National Security Authorities, Law Enforcement Agencies and Judicial Authorities.

HPiD orientates its actions towards the prevention, identification or investigation of criminal activities, either in the framework of independent operational-intelligence activities, or through intelligence-support to other Authorities or Agencies, regarding serious and organized criminal behaviors inter-alia with cross border and trans-European dimensions.

Administrative Affiliation

HPiD has administrative independence and falls under the direct authority of the highest hierarchical level, the Chief of the Hellenic Police; as for its regional jurisdiction, it extends all over the territory of the Hellenic Republic.

Regional decentralized intelligence structures (Intelligence Departments and Offices) operating in the jurisdiction of the Attica and Thessaloniki General Police Directorates, as well as of the twelve General Regional Police Directorates along the territory of the Hellenic Republic, fall directly under the operational jurisdiction of the HPiD.

Structure

The HPiD, aiming at the orderly and effective implementation of its mission and applying the corresponding international standards of organization and operation, is structured internally in Departments and Sections, while it coordinates, supervises and controls both the work and the activities of the regional decentralized intelligence structures of the Hellenic Police (Intelligence Departments and Offices).

Those Departments and Offices, which administratively come under the geographical police boroughs (General Regional Police Directorates), consist HPiD’s supportive foundations, so as any collected information or data about any form of criminality, concerning to local communities, to be reclaimed.

The scope

HPiD preserves and enriches criminal intelligence databases, in agreement to the current legislation, while it also cares of data security. All of those collected data are classified according to their content and significance; they are exclusively used for investigation and prosecution of serious and organized crime and terrorism.

Accordingly under the framework of International and European Police Cooperation and through established channels of police cooperation, HPiD collects information and data from international law enforcement agencies and reciprocates to external-foreign, International and European organizations’ requests of intelligence provision.

Furthermore, air carriers that operate intra-EU or extra-EU flights landing on or departing from the Hellenic territory, transmit PNR data to the Hellenic Police Intelligence Directorate, which are processed for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crimes. 

Institutional Framework

The Hellenic Police Intelligence Division founded by the Article 22 of Law 4294/2014, as it was amended by Law 4281/2014, as well as the provisions of Law 4579/2018 and operates according to the provisions of the Article 27 of Presidential Decree 178/2014, as it was amended by Article 2 par.1 of Presidential Decree 82/2020.

The institutional framework of the HPiD defines increased guarantees of control, transparency and accountability, including the supervision of the Division by Senior Prosecutor and the external control by Independent Administrative Authorities, but also special guarantees regarding staffing the Agency and selecting personnel as well as its obligations.

The HPiD operation follows the International and European standards in the area of criminal intelligence and participates in all national and international fora, relevant to matters of intelligence and security.

In cases of increased police and social interest, HPiD activates special phone line for citizens’ communication, according to the provisions of the Article 27 par. 2 of Presidential Decree 178/2014.

Contact Information

Hellenic Police Intelligence Division

The above way of reporting crime does not apply to cases of emergency, requiring immediate police response. Management of such cases is not part of the responsibilities and the scope of the Hellenic Police Intelligence Division. In such cases you can contact phone numbers and e-mail addresses, available on this web site.

In an emergency requiring immediate police response please call always 100 or report to the nearest police authority.

E-mail: ioc.didap@hellenicpolice.gr Passenger Information Unit” (PIU) of Hellenic Police Intelligence Directorate (HPiD), conforms to and implements the provisions of the Law 4579/2018, which transposes the Directive (EU) 2016/681 into the Hellenic legislation, constitutes the national PIU (Hellenic Passenger Information Unit - HPiU) and operates in accordance with the provisions of Article 27 of Presidential Decree 178/2014, as amended by Article 1 par. 2 of Presidential Decree 82/2020.

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION IN THE CONTEXT OF LAW  4579/2018

The 5th department – “Passenger Information Unit” (PIU) of Hellenic Police Intelligence Directorate (HPiD), conforms to and implements the provisions of the Law 4579/2018, which transposes the Directive (EU) 2016/681 into the Hellenic legislation, constitutes the national PIU (Hellenic Passenger Information Unit - HPiU) and operates in accordance with the provisions of Article 27 of Presidential Decree 178/2014, as amended by Article 1 par. 2 of Presidential Decree 82/2020.

The HPiU processes PNR data, which are collected and transmitted by the air carriers that transfer passengers of scheduled or non-scheduled flights landing on or taking off from the Hellenic territory, in order to fulfill its mission and in particular for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences or serious crimes, in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 par. 2 of Law 4579/2018.

The retention period of the aforementioned data is five years, but upon expiry of a period of six months after their receipt, PNR data are depersonalized. Following depersonalization, disclosure of PNR data shall be carried out, on a case by case basis, upon a duly reasoned request and in any event after the approval of the competent Judicial Authority or Public Prosecutor.

The Hellenic Police is deemed as the Data Controller. Any passenger, whose PNR data are subject to processing, shall have the right to request from the Data Controller access, rectification, erasure or restriction of the processing of their data. The communication is carried out with the use of the attached form for the convenience of the subjects, exclusively through the Data Protection Officer of the HPiU using the following contact details:

Data Protection Officer of HPiU:

Hellenic Police Intelligence Directorate
5th department - Passenger Information Unit
Email: dpo.piu@hellenicpolice.gr
P. Kanellopoulou 4, P.C. 101 77, Athens (Hellenic Police Headquarters).

In case of unsatisfactory service, the data subject has the right to lodge a complaint to the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (www.dpa.gr) using the following contact details:

Hellenic Data Protection Authority
Kifisias Avenue 1, P.C. 115 23, Αthens
Phone Number: 210-6475600
Email: complaints@dpa.gr