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Faro GNR admit to being understaffed in face of tourist season

Faro GNR admit to being understaffed in face of tourist seasonFaro Council have declared a lack of GNR staff, meaning they are unable to properly regulate traffic and ensure public order at beaches throughout this year’s tourist season

The council stated that there weren’t enough law enforcement officials to "order traffic flows or enforce order and peace whenever it is threatened". On Tuesday of last week, Rogério Bacalhau, mayor of the municipality, asked the Government to "take steps at once to enable us to have more agents in our county, particularly in beach areas and rural areas."

This appeal appeared in a letter sent last week to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, the content of which was made public by Faro Council itself.

The municipality reports the complaints which it has received from the population "are numerous and almost all justified" and that "there is no memory of such a bleak situation in the past. You do not see an agent in busy public hours, nor in the hours of greatest demand”.

In this way, Rogério Bacalhau called for "urgent action, in the name of the safety of our fellow citizens", not only on the beaches, but also in peripheral areas, "with our elderly and rural populations, often alone and at the mercy of misfortune".

The council took advantage of the letter to further criticize the Government. “The Minister decided to push forward the relocation of the GNR from the District Command to another county, and is solely responsible for the state of affairs. The GNR is currently unable to respond in all areas of its jurisdiction “

The mayor also drew attention to the need for the Council and the individual forces of the country to be heard from directly when the Government is setting up public security plans or changes in the future, "which once again did not happen at any time in preparing the plan for this summer.", he concluded.

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+2 #4 David Thomas 2019-08-17 16:50
Oh Dear ex-Met Copper. With the valuable insights I suggest that you rejoin your ex Force and try an sort out why in England and Wales violent crime increased 19% last year; homicides up 14%; Robbery up 17%, overall crime up 7%, and an epidemic in knife crime in your old area London. Contrast this with a 8% decrease in violent crime in Portugal last year and a 2% reduction in overall crime. Forgot to mention Portugal 3rd most peaceful country in the world and UK, bad news 45th - but good news one place ahead of Panama. Maybe something the police in UK can learn from. Maybe not perfect here, but I know where I prefer to live.
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+1 #3 Darcy 2019-08-14 16:18
Quoting ex-Met Copper:
This strikes at the very heart of the relationship of distrust between Portugal's police and its citizens. There is still nothing resembling programmes like BBC's Crimewatch with the Portuguese police openly calling out for witnesses and community involvement to help solve crimes. Those citizens - with no involvement in the crime - knowing that their contribution to the police is entirely risk free.

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There's no need for crime watch here ...........
However, there is a huge need for this type of programme in Britain as crime is rising year on year.
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-4 #2 Paul R 2019-08-14 07:55
his is just another symptom of the political incompetence across EU countries , even Germany has not escaped that .
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-2 #1 ex-Met Copper 2019-08-13 19:49
This strikes at the very heart of the relationship of distrust between Portugal's police and its citizens. There is still nothing resembling programmes like BBC's Crimewatch with the Portuguese police openly calling out for witnesses and community involvement to help solve crimes. Those citizens - with no involvement in the crime - knowing that their contribution to the police is entirely risk free.
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