The Secretary of State for Security, Ana Botella, has advanced this Thursday in Congress that the Ministry of the Interior plans to present "soon" a plan to improve police infrastructure, pending since 2017 and has not yet seen the light.
This has been stated during his appearance in the Interior Committee of the Congress of Deputies to give an account of the general lines of his management at the head of the Secretary of State for Security, which has started with a tribute to the civil guard José Manuel Arco Sánchez murdered in Granada last Monday in the act of service.
A "COMPLICATED" LEGACY
Botella has highlighted "the complicated legacy" left by the Ministry of the Interior led by Jorge Fernández Díaz, first, and Juan Ignacio Zoido, afterwards, highlighting the lack of resources, personnel and coordination.
Therefore, the 'number two' of Interior has ensured that in this second part of the legislature the Ministry will develop a security policy focused "on the service to citizens," which involves reversing "the neoliberal conception" of the PP public services.
In this regard, he pointed out that "soon" a plan to improve the infrastructure will be presented and will prioritize the lack of personnel in the State Security Forces and Corps. And is that, as reported, at the end of the mandate of Mariano Rajoy had 12,000 fewer troops.
"SECURITY NEEDS INVESTMENT"
"We are going to have to give a high priority to this problem," said Botella, stressing that the Government of Pedro Sánchez believes that security needs investment, quite the opposite that has been said so far.
Another issue to which the Secretary of State for Security will give priority is to police coordination and collaboration between autonomous communities to have clear procedures and protocols. At this point, he criticized the "irresponsibility" that the Security Board of Catalonia had not met in nine years.
He also indicated that before the end of this year, the first meeting of the Security Policy Council will be held, with the heads of the Interior of all the autonomous communities, and that in 2019 the National Council for Citizen Security will also meet.