Ministry launches “Operation Summer” across Spain, including Canaries
On July 1st, Spain’s Ministry of the Interior will activate Operation Summer, which implies a reinforcement of security due to holidays, the increase in travel and the large influx of visitors to tourist areas.
This reinforcement will materialise in a set of actions aimed at preventing the commission of criminal acts described in instruction 9/2019 of the Secretary of State for Security, under the Ministry of the Interior.
Operation Summer con-templates an increase in surveillance at strategic points for tourism, such as stations, ports, hotels, beaches and campsites, and its validity will last until August 31st in Andalusia, Asturias, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and Valencia. In the Balearic Islands, it will be activated until September 30th.
The summer resorts, as well as the access roads to them, are considered the points of greatest vulnerability to criminal acts, and therefore will receive specific attention. The large agglomerations in leisure areas, taking as reference the 83 million foreign citizens who visited Spain last year, will also be one of the priority focuses of the Operation, with preventive measures against possible terrorist actions that will reinforce those of level 4 of the anti-terrorist alert.
The instruction includes six operational measures. The first is the reinforcement of police means, with an increase in the staff of National Police and Civil Guard in preventive functions in areas of high tourist con-centration.
The rest of the actions are summarised in an intensifi-cation of collaboration with the tourism sector, greater faci-lities in terms of documen-tation for foreigners to avoid discomfort derived from loss or theft, a series of specific measures to neutralise the terrorist threat, and a close involvement of special units such as TEDAX / NRBQ teams and canine guides, as well as National Police and Civil Guard helicopters.
The Summer Operation will be supervised and evaluated by the Office of Coordination and Studies of the Secretary of State of the Ministry of the Interior.