Chief of Police Zacharias Chrysostomou Curriculum Vitae
The Chief of Cyprus Police was born in London, on 25.02.1966 and his family comes from Lythrodontas, Cyprus. He started his police career in 1986, when he was recruited to Cyprus Police. He served at various Departments and Services, such as the Nicosia Division Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.), Nicosia Division Prosecution Branch, the Aliens and Immigration Department, Nicosia Division Traffic Branch – Traffic Accident Investigation Section, etc. In 1993 he was transferred to the Central Intelligence Service, where he served at three different Departments.
In 2001, he was transferred to the Research and Development Department, of Cyprus Police Headquarters, where he was appointed Deputy Director. His duties, amongst others, were related to the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union. In 2004, he was transferred to the then newly established European Union and International Police Cooperation Directorate (E.U.&I.P.C.D.) where he was posted as Deputy Director, while in 2006, he was appointed Director of the same Directorate. In 2007 he was transferred to Ammochostos Police Divisional Headquarters, where he served as Deputy Divisional Director for Administration.
Apart from his appointment as voting member of the Republic of Cyprus at the Governing Board of CEPOL for the period of 2007-2014, he was also appointed as voting member of the Republic of Cyprus at the Governing Board of EUROPOL in 2006. Moreover, during the years of 2003-2005, he was the national representative of the Republic of Cyprus at the Council of the E.U., in the Police Cooperation Working Group (now L.E.W.P.), and the Working Group on Terrorism. Furthermore, he represented Cyprus as national expert in Expert Committees of the General Secretariat of the Council of the E.U., for the evaluation of other member states in the areas of police cooperation and terrorism.
Between 2007 and 2014, he was the Director of the Cyprus Police Academy, and at the same time he was the voting member of the Governing Board of the European Police College (CEPOL). During the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013, he was the President of the Governing Board of CEPOL.
On the 28th March 2014 he was appointed Chief of Police.
As regards his academic interests, he has been a part-time lecturer at the University of Nicosia. Since October 2012 he has been a member of the Academic Council of the Open University of Cyprus for the degree of Police Studies. Moreover, in October 2013, he was offered the title of honourary lecturer with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Portsmouth.
He is a holder of:
Master of Science In Criminology and Criminal Psychology, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, U.K. (By Merit).
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Nicosia (Summa cum Laude).
Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies, University of Virginia, U.S.A.
Graduate of the 201st session of the F.B.I. National Academy, Quantico, Virginia, U.S.A.
He is married and has two children.