Grande-Marlaska advocates increasing the female presence in the Civil Guard "to achieve real equality as soon as possible"

The Minister of the Interior presides in Córdoba the central act of the festival as the patron saint of the body, which has consisted of a military parade and parade with the participation of more than 500 civil guards

Grande-Marlaska thanked the women and men of the Civil Guard for the work they do "and their example of daily commitment to public service"








The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has presided this Sunday in Córdoba the central acts of the celebration of the patron saint of the Civil Guard, an act in which he has advocated for continuing to increase the presence of women in this body during the coming years . "We must work so that real equality with men is achieved as soon as possible, both in terms of staff and in positions held in all areas of work, including those with greater responsibility and representation," he said.

The act consisted of a military parade and parade, in which more than 500 civil guards belonging to the different units and specialties of the Civil Guard participated, on foot, on horseback and motorized. Among other authorities, the president of the Constitutional Court, Juan José González Rivas; the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas; the mayor of Córdoba, José María Bellido; the Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez; the general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez; and the Government delegate in Andalusia, Pedro Fernández.

During his speech at the event, the minister stated that the professional career of women in the Civil Guard "is burdened" by the difficulty of combining it with private life. "In this institution, women have all rights, but they cannot exercise them all at the same time," she said.

Grande-Marlaska has committed to reversing this situation with initiatives that ensure equality within the institution and make it the vanguard of society. "We must be clear to each and everyone that real equality does not consist in treating everyone equally, it consists in taking measures that benefit each person according to their personal circumstances," he said.

The Minister of the Interior has also announced that it is working for the Civil Guard to open access to the Scale of Officers to people with university degrees, an entry will be opened in those disciplines of interest to the body, and in which applicants They will undergo a two-year training. This initiative will turn the Civil Guard, as explained by Grande-Marlaska, "into a professional option for the future for a wider spectrum of young people and, above all, it will encourage the entry of women into the Officer Scale."

Public service commitment

The minister thanked all the Civil Guard officers for their work and their example of daily commitment to public service. "There is no obstacle that prevents you from giving a satisfactory response to the social need for peace, security and freedom," Grande-Marlaska stressed.

“The Civil Guard has exceeded 177 years of life. It is a milestone available only to those institutions capable of adapting to the different challenges of each historical stage, and always doing so from the commitment of loyalty and service to the citizenry ”, he added.

The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, highlighted for her part the fidelity of the institution to its main objective of becoming the "first guarantor of tranquility and public security" in Spain, and stressed that one of the greatness of the Corps is its ability to fuse values ​​and principles with modernity, innovation and avant-garde. "And that merger makes it a key element to face current threats and challenges, which are being very changing and uncertain phenomena," he indicated.

Gámez has had a special memory for the families of the women and men of the Civil Guard. “Today we wanted to pay them a sincere tribute and thank them for the priceless effort of always being at the side of their family. Families, the great foundation on which a civil guard grows, a civil guard. My recognition to them ”, stressed the general director.

Imposition of decorations

During the event, various decorations of the Civil Guard were imposed on members of the corps, the Armed Forces and other Security bodies, as well as civilian personnel in their categories of Grand Cross, Silver Cross, Cross with Red and White distinctive .

Among the decorations, the Great Crosses of the Order of Merit of the Civil Guard stand out, awarded to the director of the Higher Center for National Defense Studies, Lieutenant General Francisco de Paula Bisbal; Chief of the Canary Islands Command, Lieutenant General Carlos Gabriel Palacios; Chief of the Technical Cabinet of the Civil Guard, Major General José Manuel Santiago; Head of the Legal Department of the Civil Guard, General Auditor Francisco Javier Cabrales; managing director of the Civil Guard Foundation, Brigadier General Francisco López Requena; and head of the Civil Guard Personnel Assistance Headquarters, Brigadier General Mariano Martínez Luna.

In its category of Cross of the Order of Merit of the Civil Guard with a Red badge, the one granted to a civil guard who had a notorious participation in the services established on the occasion of the floods suffered in the province of Malaga, which allowed, among others, the rescue of a 7-year-old boy who had been dragged on the street by the running water, as well as a couple who had been trapped inside a semi-submerged vehicle.

Likewise, the decoration of another agent who performed a humanitarian service consisting of the location and subsequent rescue of three mountaineers who showed signs of extreme exhaustion on the north slope of Pico de Veleta, with a strong blizzard and a thermal sensation of 30 degrees of low, stands out. zero, all at 3,000 meters of altitude, facing numerous risk situations. In addition, the work of other members of the Corps who have carried out outstanding drug trafficking operations and other relevant crimes is also distinguished.

Military parade and parade

This was followed by a military parade and parade that has passed through República Argentina avenue of the Cordovan capital, with the participation of more than 500 troops belonging to the different units and specialties of the Civil Guard, on foot, on horseback and motorized.

The parade began with the flight of a fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters. Later in the parade on foot, a Squad of the Andalusian Traffic Sector, a Company of the Baeza Academy, a Company of the Reserve and Security Group, a Section of Andalusian civil guards of different specialties such as the Maritime Service, Service Prosecutor, Cynological Service and Mountain Service; and a vintage section of the Valdemoro Youth Guards College.

The parade of motorized units has been made up of a Squad of motorcyclists from the Traffic Sector, uncovered vehicles, a Motorcycle Section from SEPRONA, and another from the Traffic Sector, a Citizen Security Vehicle Section, one from the Traffic Sector and another Mixed section of special vehicles made up of SUVs, a vehicle with a scanner, a vehicle with a Robot trailer from TEDAX, a vehicle with a trailer and a boat from GEAS and a Lince vehicle from GAR.

A Section of the Civil Guard Cavalry Squad with Beaters, Band of Clarines and Section of Sables has closed the parade.

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