The Guardia Civil's Operación Verano here in Granada is their contribution to the Plan Turismo Seguro bringing reinforcements to the coast.
From the 1st of July until the 15th of September there will be an extra 85 officers on duty to guarantee security and safety of both foreign and national tourists along the coast.
They will be patrolling beaches, streets and even regularly visiting hotels, camping sites and public, cultural events such as concerts, etc.
Some of these 85 officers will be those at the tail end of training to gain practical experience, numbering 25. But it is not just about foot patrols because the maritime, air and mountain-rescue branches will also be beefed up.
The Guardia Civil gave a presentation of Operación Verano in Almuñécar with equipment displays in the Municipal Sports Stadium, presided over by Lieutenant-Colonel Francisco Javier Arteaga, who is the Commanding Officer of the Granada HQ. There was also a smattering of civvies in the form of politicians.
Thirty officers were their to explain their particular tasks and the equipment and vehicles required, amongst them a GC helicopter.
Editorial comment: despite the title, I personally have a great respect for the Guardia Civil, who have come a long way since the days of the droopy moustache and Janet-&-John reading skills. They have become the most efficient amongst the nation’s police forces and are highly respected on an international level. And that, I personally believe, is down to their military discipline. Enhorabuena.
PS: about that driving fine…
(News: Almuñécar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)