The Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) is a think tank on homeland security policies and an established research center since 2005 (L. 3387/2005) within the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection (former Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection), aiming to support security policy implementations in Greece, at a strategic level.
Specifically, the activities KEMEA is involved in include a). the certification of practitioners in private security professions at the national level, b). research and development in the context of National and European projects in close cooperation with LEAs, working under the auspices of the Ministry of Citizen Protection and c). training of practitioners in new systems and technologies. The Center also provides advisory and consulting services to the Ministry of Citizen Protection, as well as other Public and Private authorities, on safety and security issues. A main objective of KEMEA is to bring together all national Law Enforcement Agencies (Police, Fire Service, Coast Guard, Civil Protection agency, etc.) and to enable them to collaborate, interconnecting them with corresponding agencies, research institutions and the industry from around Europe. This dedicated approach to exploring synergies, establishing communication links and working together to produce end-user driven research on all fronts of the Security Sector during the last decade, has earned KEMEA its participation in numerous National and EC R&D projects.
KEMEA is a member of a number of European associations and organizations including the European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF), the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations (EARTO), the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), etc. KEMEA also closely cooperates with the RAN Centre of Excellence and since 2016, is a Framework Partner of CEPOL. Furthermore, KEMEA is appointed as the Greek “National Contact Point” for the implementation of Directive 2008/114/EC, regarding the protection of European Critical Infrastructures. Finally, KEMEA is a member of the “European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO)”. KEMEA currently employs 98 highly qualified and experienced researchers and Security experts, including 25 active LEA officers. These researchers and experts are specialized in various topics such as: Border Management and Surveillance, Crisis Management, Emergency Response, GIS, Information Security, Cyber Security, Information Systems, Telecommunications, Civil Protection, Operational Readiness Exercises, etc.
For more information please visit our website: www.kemea.gr