Grande-Marlaska visits the facilities of the Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard

The Minister of the Interior was accompanied on his visit by the Director General of the Civil Guard, María Gámez

They have also attended a demonstration of the capabilities and means of SEPRONA

The Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, accompanied by the director general of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, visited this Friday the facilities of the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), where they met with the chief division general of the Service, Antonio Tocón Díez, and with components of the Specialty.

Those responsible for the different areas of action of the Nature Protection Service have presented to the minister and the director the results of the latest relevant operations related to pollution and waste, species trafficking, animal abuse, agrifood security or public health, among others.

They have also detailed the future projection of SEPRONA, its contributions to the 2030 Agenda and the involvement of the Civil Guard as a tool for the defense of the environment and the fight against climate change. The National Strategy against Organized Crime and Serious Crime for the period 2019-2023 also incorporates serious crimes against the environment.

DEMONSTRATION OF CAPABILITIES AND MEANS

Next, Grande-Marlaska and Gámez have moved to Monte del Pardo to attend a demonstration of capabilities and means of SEPRONA, where they have been able to see performances with poisoned baits with the support of detection dogs from the Cynological Service, a collection practice of water samples and an eye inspection of a forest fire to determine how investigating officers delimit the starting point of a fire.

MORE THAN 4,000 DETAINEES IN 2019

The Nature Protection Service of the Civil Guard arrested and investigated a total of 4,234 people over the past year for crimes related to the environment and processed more than 107,000 administrative offenses.

The SEPRONA of the Civil Guard also participates in international operations and collaborates with police organizations such as EUROPOL or INTERPOL. It also carries out joint operations with European police such as the Portuguese GNR, French GNF, the Italian Carabinieri Corps and with third countries such as the Moroccan GRM or the Colombian National Police, among others.

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