The Minister of the Interior imposes the Grand Cross of Merit of the Civil Guard on the general commander of the Republican National Guard of Portugal

In addition, 22 civil guards have been awarded the NunoÁlvares Pereira Medal by the Portuguese authorities

Fernando Grande-Marlaska has been accompanied by the General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez

The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, today presided over the act in which the commanding general of the Republican National Guard (GNR) of Portugal, Luis Francisco Botelho, received the Grand Cross of Merit from the Civil Guard.
General Botelhoforma has been a member of the GNR since 2010. There he has carried out his duties as deputy to the operational commander, commander of the Operational Command and commander of the Intervention Unit. In 2016, he was named 2nd GNR Commander General. Since June 2018 he is the GNR Commander General.
The General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, has also participated in the imposition of these decorations.
At the event, which took place in the General Directorate of the Civil Guard, 22 civil guards have also received the NunoÁlvares Pereira Medal from the Portuguese authorities.
Eight of the decorated have received the 1st class medal, among which are the deputy director of the Civil Guard, Lieutenant General Pablo Salas.
Likewise, seven civil guards have been awarded the 2nd class medal, another seven agents with the 3rd class medal and one with the 4th class medal.

Constant cooperation

This exchange of decorations between both bodies is the result of the close collaboration with which Spain and Portugal work daily in the police field.
One of the most active exchanges is part of the Safe Summer – Safe Tourism Plan, with which mixed patrols are organized to guarantee the safety of tourists from both countries.
Another prominent meeting point between the Civil Guard and the Portuguese GNR has to do with environmental protection and research in this field. The Serviço de Protecção da Natureza (SEPNA) is a mirror of our SEPRONA. Joint operations carried out on the two parts of the border are constant. In recent years, several operations against trafficking in shellfish and eels, and against illegal waste, have been successfully concluded.
The interconnection of the maritime surveillance systems used by both bodies is another key point in this collaboration, an achievement with which much progress has been made in exploiting anti-drug operations.

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