18 police officials purged in Eskişehir in new crackdown

The Turkish authorities have purged at least 16 police chiefs and two deputy police chiefs in Eskişehir, the largest single wave of removals so far in the government’s struggle to contain a recent corruption scandal.

Two provincial deputy police chiefs, a traffic police education unit chief, a deputy police chief, several police commissioners and a number of police officers had been removed from their positions and appointed to less influential positions in a previous crackdown.

This is the first time the authorities have removed police officials in such numbers, as the previous removals took place in smaller amounts in order to avoid media attention.