The Chief of Cyprus Police Zacharias Chrysostomou was born in London, on 25.02.1966. He comes from Lythrodontas, Cyprus and he is married with two children.
He was recruited to Cyprus Police in 1986 and has served at various Police Departments and Services, such as the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.), the Prosecution Office, the Aliens and Immigration Department, the Traffic Department – Traffic Accident Investigation Branch and the Protective Security Service.
In 1993 he was transferred to the Cyprus Intelligence Service, where he served at three different sections of the Service. In 2001, he was transferred at the position of Deputy Director of the Research and Development Department where he dealt with, among others, police issues relating to the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union. He was also appointed as Officer in charge of the Counter Terrorism Office and the Office for Countering Hooliganism. In 2004, he was transferred to the then newly-established European Union and International Police Cooperation Directorate where he was posted as Deputy Director and subsequently, in 2006, as Director. In 2007 he was transferred to Ammochostos Police Division where he served at the position of Deputy Director for Administration. From July 2007 up to March 2014 he served as Director of the Cyprus Police Academy.
During his service at the Cyprus Police Academy (2007-2014) he was a voting member of the Governing Board of the European Police College (CEPOL), representing the Republic of Cyprus, while during the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union (2012) he was the chair of the Governing Board of CEPOL. Moreover, following a decision by the Council of Ministers, he was appointed in 2006 as the representative for Cyprus on the Governing Board of EUROPOL. Furthermore, he represented Cyprus at the Working Group of the Council of the European Union for Police Cooperation (currently LEWP) as well as the Working Group on Terrorism (2003-2005). He has also participated as a National Expert in various Committees of Experts of the General Secretariat of the Council of the E.U. that evaluated other member states with regards to the fields of counter terrorism and police cooperation. Additionally, he represented Cyprus Police abroad at a considerable number of meetings and conferences related to policing, while he has also participated in numerous seminars and training programmes in Cyprus, and abroad on supervisory, administrative and operational issues.
In 2004 he received an award for his contribution to the pre-accession efforts and the accession talks between Cyprus and the European Union, specifically regarding Chapter 24 on ‘Justice and Home Affairs’.
From October 2012 until his appointment as Chief of Police in 2014 he was a member of the Academic Council of the Open University of Cyprus for the degree of Police Studies. Additionally, he was also a part-time lecturer at the University of Nicosia.
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.
On 28.03.14 he was appointed as Chief of Cyprus Police by the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
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.