A big civic event to acknowledge the role of the police and emergency services

23/08/2017 19:54

An extraordinary meeting of the Local Security Board agrees to step up the police presence and study additional preventive measures.

More recognition for the city police and emergency services. Besides holding a big commemorative event, the Full City Council will vote on awarding medals. At the same time, the Local Security Board has agreed to step up coordination between different administrations and increase police presence.

The city will hold a civic event to congratulate the police and emergency services, especially the local police (Guàrdia Urbana), firefighters (Bombers) and emergency centre (CUESB), and thank them for their action during and after the terrorist attack on La Rambla. “Their work was exemplary, not just from a public safety point of view but also in terms of their humanity and sensitivity, of being with the people who most needed it from the first minute”, commented the Mayor, Ada Colau.

To make this recognition official, a proposal will be put before the Full City Council to award these forces and services the city’s Gold Medal of civic merit.

The Mayor also announced that the Special Plan for La Rambla, currently being drawn up, will be adapted to include a memorial. This will be done in collaboration with local residents and associations.

Measures agreed on reinforcing public safety and security

The Local Security Board has agreed to the setting up of a specific technical working group to assess the risks following the attack and whether additional measures are necessary. In addition, the police presence and coordination between forces will be stepped and they will study the application of preventive measures, such as protecting areas that attract crowds of people with mobile barriers.

In the municipal sphere, two main steps will be taken: Guàrdia Urbana overtime will be increased by 10% at sensitive points in the city, where security patrols normally carried out by two officers will now be done by three, while the safety, emergencies and training coordination centre will be moved to the old Palau d’Esports on Carrer de Lleida for reasons of space.

The Mayor, Ada Colau, the Catalan Minister of Interior, Joaquim Forn and the Spanish Government representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo attended the meeting, along with representatives of the:

  • City police (Guàrdia Urbana)
  • Catalan police (Mossos d’Esquadra)
  • Spanish national pólice (Policia Nacional)
  • Civil Guard (Guàrdia Civil)
  • Fire Extinction, Prevention and Rescue Service (SPEIS)
  • Barcelona Emergency Centre (CUESB)
  • Directorate General of Civil Protection
  • Medical Emergencies System (SEM)


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