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ZACHAROULA TSIRIGOTI

Police Lieutenant General

She joined the former Metropolitan Police (Astynomia Poleon) in December 1982 and graduated from the Police Lieutenants’ School of the Hellenic Police Academy in 1988.

She held a variety of operational and executive positions in central and regional Order and Security Services of the Hellenic Police.

In December 1993, she was posted to the International Police Cooperation Division of the Hellenic Police Headquarters, where she was responsible for EU and Schengen-related matters, as well as for bilateral and multilateral relations. She participated in several EU Council working groups on police cooperation and organised crime and in the corresponding working groups of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (OBSEC), the South East Europe Cooperative Initiative (SECI), the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and other organisations.

From January 1997 to August 1999, she served as a Police Liaison Officer in Sofia, Bulgaria.

During the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union (1st semester of 2003), she participated in the EU Council Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA).

In July 2012, she was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and assumed duties as Director of the International Police Cooperation Division (which comprises the European Union, International Affairs & Missions Department, the Europol National Unit, the National SIRENE Bureau and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau) of the Hellenic Police Headquarters. During the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union (1st semester of 2014), she was assigned as Coordinator of the Hellenic Police on matters related to the Hellenic Presidency. She also chaired the Article 36 Committee (CATS) and the Standing Committee on Internal Security (COSI).

Moreover, she served as a National Representative in the Management Board of Europol and the South-East European Law Enforcement Centre (SELEC).
On 05 March 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Police Major General and assumed duties as Head of the Aliens and Border Protection Branch of the Hellenic Police Headquarters. In 2015, she dealt exclusively with the management of refugee and migration flows, in particular the screening and registration of refugees and migrants on the Southern and Northern Aegean islands.

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