The Civil Guard contributes and is included in the 2030 Security Model
The General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, has appeared in the House Committee of the Congress to explain, among other matters, the general lines of action of the Corps for this legislature
The response in Spain to the Demographic Challenge is introduced as a key area of the new Strategic Plan of the Civil Guard given its presence throughout the national territory
The Director General of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, has appeared this afternoon at the Interior Commission of the Congress of Deputies to explain, among other matters, the general lines of action of the Corps for this legislature.
María Gámez has put her contribution and inclusion in the 2030 Security Model at the epicenter of the Civil Guard's activity, for which a new Strategic Plan has been drawn up with the 2024 time horizon that, in addition to the usual main axes, together With the defense and safeguarding of the Environment, it also incorporates protection against pandemics and epidemics. At this time of her speech, the Director General has expressed her memory and tribute to the men and women of the Civil Guard who have died from covid 19.
The Director General has highlighted that the response in Spain to the Demographic Challenge is introduced as a key area in the Strategic Plan, advancing in modernization in a technological environment such as the current one. It wants to promote citizen security as an essential public service that favors economic, social and human development, and for this, the Civil Guard works actively with investments in infrastructures, improving the socio-professional conditions of the men and women who work in these areas and the reinforcement of collaboration with local police and forestry agents. He also highlighted the work of the ROCA teams to increase the security of agricultural holdings (from 118 teams and 486 personnel in 2018, this has gone to 127 teams and 19 agents today).
The general director has reported on the project developed by the Civil Guard within the framework of innovative public purchases promoted by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI). One of them seeks to increase efficiency in rural areas with the development of drones that will increase control over possible robberies in the field, monitor mass events, detect marijuana plantations or monitor environmental crimes. María Gámez recalled that we have the PEGASO teams deployed, 54 “Air Police” units with 171 agents who carry out functions related to general aviation (controls of aerodromes, airfields, heliports or emergency runways).
Strengthening the fight against irregular immigration
Regarding the management of migratory flows, María Gámez has highlighted that the effort is increasing in the investigation of criminal organizations that favor irregular immigration. In the last two years, 203 people have been arrested or investigated in 30 operations. The Civil Guard also has a hundred troops in Mauritania, Senegal and the Gambia and maritime and air surveillance means stationed in several African countries to combat irregular immigration. In addition, specialized personnel from the Civil Guard are joining the new Frontex European Border and Coast Guard. The activity carried out in this area has been promoted through the creation of the Border Command and Maritime Police.
María Gámez has exposed the importance that the Civil Guard is giving to cybersecurity and the fight against cybercrime, which was already growing in recent years and which has increased even more in this health crisis. In 2020, the 57,000 criminal offenses in the cyber field were surpassed, which is 48.54% more than in 2019. The new Cybersecurity Coordination Unit (UCCIBER) that the Civil Guard put into operation at the end of of 2019, of the resources necessary to optimize the work that is done to face this threat.
On the other hand, the general director has highlighted the culmination of the deployment of the Reserve Units of the Civil Guard in all the nuclear power plants, with 350 personnel dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructures.
Actions to eradicate hatred
Another of the Civil Guard's priorities are the actions aimed at eradicating hatred and domination in our society, promoting the investigation of cases against people because of their sexual orientation, race, ideological or religious affiliation or due to disability. The Plan of Action against Violence against Women has also been launched, with objectives such as improving the protocols of attention to victims, addressing this problem from a gender perspective.
María Gámez recalled the reinforcement of the security that the Civil Guard provides to pilgrims along the different Jacobean routes in this 2021 Xacobean Holy Year, with the implementation of new Mobile Pilgrim Assistance Offices and the presence of international police.
Within the Special Security Plan for the Campo de Gibraltar, María Gámez recalled the reinforcement that the implementation of the Carteia Operation entailed, updated on October 15, 2020, with the start of the Carteia Operation Plan 2020-2021 . From the start of the plan in September 2018 to December 31, 2020, there has been a reinforcement of 221 Civil Guard officers, increased with the support of investigation personnel and response and intervention units. 2,085 investigations have been launched for drug trafficking, smuggling and money laundering, among other crimes, 4,652 arrests have been made – 5 arrests on average per day – and 946 vehicles, 306 boats and assets worth 20 million euros have been intervened. More than 213 tons of drugs have been seized (most of it hashish). In addition, it is planned to award 95 vehicles within the framework of this plan, with an investment of more than 8 million euros in material resources in Campo de Gibraltar.
The general director has referred to the fight against terrorism, insisting that the Civil Guard never ceases to investigate unsolved attacks, prioritizing the clarification of the attacks by the terrorist group ETA that have not yet been resolved, the seizure of any arsenal of weapons and explosives and the criminal prosecution of those who commit crimes of glorification of terrorism and humiliation of the victims. He wanted to highlight the perseverance in defending a truthful account of what terrorist barbarism has meant in Spain, so that present and future generations know the reality of what happened, in memory of the victims and for their defense.
As for international terrorism, where the jihadist stands out, the Civil Guard continues to bet on international collaboration and the exchange of information and intelligence. A key aspect will be the action of the Civil Guard, under the framework of the National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Fight against Violent Radicalization and the National Strategic Plan for the Fight against the Financing of Terrorism, approved by the National Security Council in October 2020. .
An officer of the Corps as coordinator in EMPACT for arms control
In the field of the fight against organized crime, the general director has highlighted the appointment of an officer of the Civil Guard as coordinator of the priority led by the Corps within the EU Political Cycle (EMPACT), firearms trafficking . It is the first time that a woman performs this important function in our country. In this sense, the Civil Guard wants to promote preventive action and specialized investigation, paying attention to possible links with terrorism and organized crime.
Regarding the control of weapons and explosives, led by the Civil Guard in the EU in the specific priority EMPACT, the Director General highlighted the trust that the UN has placed in the Civil Guard to monitor the flow of illicit firearms, for which the National Arms Focal Point has been established within our Headquarters of Weapons, Explosives and Security.
Civil Guard, pioneer in the defense of the environment
The Civil Guard, a pioneer in the police defense of the environment through the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), whose protection is the specific responsibility of the Corps, has created the Central Office for the Analysis of Information on Illegal Environmental Activities, to promote the cooperation between all the actors involved in the protection of the environment. María Gámez has mentioned that climate change and pollution are main causes of concern in the Civil Guard and among the population, and the Corps wants to contribute to the training and awareness of citizens. For this reason, the Civil Guard has managed to consolidate a true management system, which makes the Corps a sustainable and socially responsible organization, transparently carrying out self-demand and accountability on sustainable practices in the Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
And in Citizen Security, of special importance for the Civil Guard, it has highlighted some data from 2020, such as the almost three million citizen security patrols, with more than 44 million hours of service and 215,000 aid and rescues. In this area, and with the aim of providing a more agile, efficient, transparent and higher quality service, the Civil Guard is actively working towards the digital transformation of the Corps, with the digital adaptation launched at the end of December in the SIGO project -Mobility, thanks to which agents can consult different police data on electronic tablets and in real time (for example, the identity of a citizen, vehicle registration, background, etc.).
Foreign action of the Civil Guard
The general director has also highlighted the importance for the Civil Guard to hold positions of leadership and influence in relevant international organizations, such as the appointment of a general of the corps as the new person in charge of the civil crisis management missions carried out by the EU within the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy. He highlighted the deployment of the 340 components of the Civil Guard in 47 countries, given the importance of cooperation with other security bodies and international organizations in the fight against a crime that is global, reaffirming the commitment to Europol, with the work of the 28 civil guards who work in the EU police agency.
Regarding the generation of public value, one of the 3 areas in which the 2030 Security Model is articulated, María Gámez has quoted the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska in reference to the fact that public value is generated when the model of adequate material resources to fulfill their functions, and also of personal resources. The Civil Guard develops its strategic lines in these two areas.
Human and material resource improvements
And in this improvement of human resources, and to increase the number of women and their professional promotion, María Gámez has highlighted that the Corps has a specific plan since 2019 that has among its objectives to increase the number of women and their professional promotion, since they currently represent 8% of the total. He highlighted that 25% of the students who have started their course at the Academia de Cabos y Guardias de Baeza are women, the best figure so far.
María Gámez has highlighted that they have increased by 2,700 troops since 2018, which is gradually recovering the loss of troops due to the economic crisis.
Regarding the regime, working hours and hours of service, the general director has mentioned that work is already underway on future regulatory projects to update these, as well as on the modification of the Personnel Law to materialize the modernization of the Corps. In this effort to promote the necessary changes, María Gámez has commented on the preparation of a Ministerial Order for the creation of a new Naval Training Center for the Civil Guard. He also recalled the fundamental element that has led to the completion of the salary equalization for the recognition of the professional activity of the Civil Guards.
Regarding the improvement of material resources, the Civil Guard has opted for the consolidation and expansion of the technological infrastructure, participating in R + D + i projects, such as the design of a very high-speed boat with systems that will allow its control remote, or the construction of two new prototypes of vehicles for the transfer of detainees and prisoners.
María Gámez wanted to highlight that in relation to the provision of vests, the objective is that all the civil guards that carry out operational functions have a personal one by the summer of 2023, with which all civil guards women already have. For this, there is a multi-year file for the purchase of 25,000 vests of the citizen security model in 3 years for an amount of 12 million euros. The acquisition of more than 1,000 vehicles and 150 TASER-type pistols is also planned.
Regarding infrastructures, the plan of the Secretary of State for Security for 2019-2025 includes 42 actions for the Civil Guard, of which 20 have already started, with an investment of 275 million euros.
And finally, he did not want to forget the response of the Civil Guard during the first state of alarm, with 8,567 service patrols and 22,710 visits to centers and residences for the elderly and more than 82,000 humanitarian and assistance services. Protection actions for victims of gender-based violence were also increased by 71%, and nearly 10 million people were identified and almost 8 million vehicles were controlled.
María Gámez has highlighted that, on the other hand, diagnostic tests have been carried out on 78.09% of the civil guards who provide services, minimizing as far as possible the level of impact on Corps personnel. With regard to vaccination, there are 50,000 civil guards who have been vaccinated with the first dose, a process that has been interrupted by the health authorities.
To conclude, the Director General concluded by highlighting that the Civil Guard is a body in a position to provide the best responses to the challenges and threats we face, and this is tangibly reflected in its decisive contribution to the Security Model 2030. With this, the path for what we could call the “Civil Guard 2030” has also started.