The joint patrols between police and military that the government announced three days ago to guarantee citizen security will not be created until further notice. The Ministry of Defense, which Margarita Robles directs, has transferred in the last hours to the Interior Department, which for now will not respond to requests for support made for this task, eldiario.es sources from the State.
The department of Robles had already transferred to the Interior, before the announcement made on Monday, its disagreement about the role of “aid” that the military was going to provide in these functions of citizen security, while claiming more prominence, the same sources indicate. .
On Monday, however, both the interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, and Robles herself referred in their public appearances to the joint patrols and it was the head of Defense who announced its launch for that same day. As of today, not a single one of these joint patrols in citizen security functions has come into operation 72 hours later, nor is it going to do so at the moment.
To questions from eldiario.es, the Ministry of the Interior recognizes that the mixed patrols are not on the street and limits itself to ensuring that the action criteria that will govern them are already closed and that specific cases are being studied where they are useful for their start up.
That criterion to which Interior refers was included in some “action criteria for police services with the collaboration of the Armed Forces” released from the Secretary of State for Security the previous Friday. The most relevant point of this instruction is that the military will be able to “interact” with citizens, but in no case will they be arrested or sign sanction proposals.
The joint patrols, reflected the document advanced by eldiario.es, would always be directed and coordinated by a command of the National Police or Civil Guard and would be formed at the request of the Ministry of the Interior for specific points and functions.
On the part of the Ministry of Defense, an official spokesman denied on Tuesday that there is an order not to contribute military personnel to the mixed patrols and gave as an example the collaboration with the Police and Civil Guard in critical borders and infrastructure. These contributions are different from the joint teams, with exclusive dedication to citizen security, which were to be deployed in population centers.
From the Ministry of Defense, Moncloa has been informed, in addition to the Interior, that they will not lend troops for the third task that had been approved: the mixed patrols in matters of citizen security, where the police or civil guards will have exclusive authority to fine or detain citizens who do not comply with the dictated confinement. The military, according to the instruction of the Interior, will have to limit themselves to “interacting” with the citizens and making checks.
The military contribution began on March 31, last Tuesday, sticking to mixed patrols at borders and critical infrastructures, as well as solo “presence, reconnaissance and disinfection” tasks, according to military sources. In total, as of April 2, 4,633 military personnel in 284 locations.
Information arrives from different points of the national geography that point out that the Armed Forces are carrying out in some cases, in addition to the previously agreed tasks of “presence, recognition and disinfection”, solo deployments without coordination with the Security Forces and Corps of the State.
It happened yesterday, April 1, in the demarcation of the Civil Guard in Las Palmas, where the Marine Corps and the Army were deployed in the municipalities of Puerto Rico, Morrojable, Gáldar, Corralejo and Arguineguín, without coordination with the armed institute, competent in matters of citizen security in all of them.
Two days ago, in Asturias, the military deployed to Villaviciosa, a municipal area that was outside the previous agreement with the Civil Guard to have a presence in three other towns and in the coastal area.
On March 19, the Operations Command of the Chief of Defense Staff issued an instruction in which it is recalled that the personnel of the Armed Forces “have no powers to carry out actions of the State Security Forces and Corps “such as” request for documentation, records or traffic controls “.