The Civil Guard and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago sign an operating procedure aimed at offering more security on the Camino de Santiago
More than 4,000 kilometers of the Camino will see security reinforced thanks to the ALERTCOPS app
The novelty that the Civil Guard will implement this year will be the deployment of the Mobile Pilgrim Assistance Offices
International participation will also be expanded with police forces from the United States, Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Portugal and Italy.
The Civil Guard and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago have today signed a collaborative operating procedure whose purpose is to promote various activities aimed at protecting and offering more confidence and security to the pilgrim on the different itineraries of the Camino de Santiago.
The Civil Guard begins the Holy Year of the Jacobean with the approval of the new Jacobean Security Plan in a year that will continue to be marked by COVID-19 restrictions, maintaining its own security device and habitual public safety on the Jacobean routes and their users, and according to the needs of the pilgrims.
In this Xacobeo Holy Year, the Civil Guard will promote the improvement of the performance and quality in the provision of the service through the deployment of a new element such as the Mobile Pilgrim Assistance Offices (OMAP). These offices will be found on the Camino de Santiago, in places and events with a special influx of pilgrims, both national and foreign.
The operation during this year involves the participation of thousands of agents in 11 autonomous communities, which will be grouped by specialties: Citizen Security, Traffic Group, Seprona, Judicial Police, Cavalry Squad, Mountain and Air. The almost 27,000 services provided in 2020 are expected to increase, including 19 health aids, 24 rescues and numerous informational aids related to COVID-19.
The Civil Guard provides the fundamental nucleus of protection for the pilgrim and the Way, and once again has given priority to the preservation of citizen security, traffic regulation, land use planning and the protection of the historical-artistic and environmental heritage. , expanding this year the device to more than 4,000 kilometers that comprise the Jacobean routes (Caminos de Galicia, Caminos del Centro-Vía de la Plata, Caminos del Norte and Camino Mozárabe), which complement the other traditional and historical routes, such as the French Way.
The present Xacobeo Holy Year will serve to renew the name that the Civil Guard receives as Guardian on the Camino through the collaboration between the French Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago (AMCS) and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago ( FEAACS).
Virutal Guardian of the Path
In addition to the physical presence of the agents on the Jacobean routes, the Civil Guard will intensify its virtual presence by enhancing the ALERTCOPS application of the Ministry of the Interior. By downloading it, the pilgrim / user will be able to activate the Benemérito Guardian function, which will provide services such as 24/7 attention from the operational service centers, reception of geolocated security alerts in real time, as well as the possibility of contacting with 062, all in an environment available in 7 languages. Likewise, pilgrims will receive random messages with safety tips based on their geopositioning. With this, it is intended to develop the Virtual Guardian aspect of the Path.
In addition to the regular participation of agents from the National Gendarmerie (France), National Guard (Portugal) and Arma de Carabinieri (Italy), this year the Civil Guard will have the support of police from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, and Brazil.
Through the novelties contemplated in the Jacobean Security Plan for the Xacobee Holy Year, the Civil Guard reinforces its presence in territories with low demographic density and becomes another instrument of the administration to address the demographic challenge.
The Civil Guard makes available to the citizen a series of advice and safety recommendations related to the Camino de Santiago, among which is the decalogue on uses and advice for the good pilgrim: https://www.guardiacivil.es/es /servicios/consejos/Camino_de_Santiago.html