Extra Green Meanies

The Guardia Civil's Operación Verano here in Granada is their contribution to the Plan Turismo Seguro bringing reinforcements to the coast.

ALM Extra Summer Guardia Civil 02From 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)

  2 comments for “Extra Green Meanies

  1. July 20, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Jason: No, it’s not because of a spike in crime but for another entirely logical reason: a huge section of the population of the interior of Spain heads out to the coast during July and August to spend their summer holidays.

    This means that the cities where they come from have a surplus of police personnel whereas the coast becomes severly under policed, So, the police officers are sent to where they are needed most; i.e., the coast, all be it temporarily.

    If Almuñécar goes from 26,000 to 150,000 between the 15th of July and the 15th of August, then the policing also has to be multiplied by six as well, so extra police are deployed on the coast as back up for the over-stretch policing resources on the coast.

  2. Jason Miner
    July 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Has there been a spike in crime? Why so much security? Thank you.

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