Stylianos Papatheodorou was born in, the occupied by Turkish troops, Kyra and Massari in Morphou. The son of a priest and member of a large family, he was born in 1971 and grew up the small village Menoiko, near Nicosia. Since his recruitment to the Cyprus Police in 1990, he has served at various Departments and Services, including the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.), the Prosecution Branch of Nicosia Police Division, the Cyprus Police Academy, Ammochostos Police Division, the Office of the Chief of Police, as well as the Department of Administration and Human Resources. During the last nine years and up until recently, he was the Director of the European Union and International Police Cooperation Directorate. From 2016 until 2018 he held the position of the Assistant Chief of Police for Administration issues and as of March of 2018, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Police for Operations.
Mr Papatheodorou holds a degree in Law from Aristotelion University in Thessaloniki and has passed the Examination set by the Legal Council. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Cyprus and is a Graduate of the FBI Academy. Additionally, he has attended numerous training programmes in Cyprus and abroad on various topics such as the development of leadership skills, security, human rights, corruption, terrorism and administration. Furthermore, he has represented the Cyprus Police at various conferences and seminars in Cyprus, but also abroad.
During the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, he was in charge of the co-ordination of all relevant police actions and responsibilities. He developed various initiatives and activities to promote the Cyprus Police. Besides the above, he also coordinated the preparation of studies on the issues of ‘Gender Equality in the Cyprus Police’, the ‘Age of retirement for police members’, ‘Amendments to the Police Law and Regulations’ and ‘Suggestions for the Review of the Criminal Code'.
His vision is to create an organisation that will inspire safety and confidence in each citizen of the Republic of Cyprus, vindicating the human rights and the decent confrontation of each one separately. With hard work from the all members of Police and developing the possibilities that provide the technology and the education, the above objectives will be achieved.
Mr Papatheodorou is married and has three children.