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Security to be stepped up on famous Camino 

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The Civil Guard and the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago have signed an operational protocol to improve security on the Camino de Santiago.
The deputy operating director, Lieutenant General Laurentino Ceña, and the president of the Association and Mayor of León, Antonio Silván, have been in charge of initialling the agreement.
The protocol aims to achieve higher levels of safety and protection in the Camino. In addition, it aims to provide the shelters with greater control tools without diminishing the essence and uniqueness of the shelter and accommodation system.
“We want to ensure the promotion of common actions and initiatives to increase prevention, awareness and effectiveness of the fight against illicit activities, developed in the field of citizen security and integrity in the Camino de Santiago Francés, its accommodations, natural and cultural heritage, and especially rural environment,” said a spokesman.
The president of the AMCS, Antonio Silván, has given the Civil Guard a distinction in recognition of their work on the Camino de Santiago on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of its founda-tion.
Silván has donated to the Civil Guard an original engraving of 1715 that describes a procession of pilgrims in the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, in gratitude for their protection and assistance of the pilgrims.