There were three hundred aspiring candidates, 100 of whom were shortlisted, only 12 of whom passed the demanding selection and training process that trains them in the Spanish Police Tactical Attack specialty, which says a lot about the demand. Just a few days ago, Guadalajara hosted the ceremony to award their titles, which was important to strengthen the capacities of the National Police’s Special Operations Group (GEO), chaired by its highest representative, Francisco Pardo Piqueras.
The youngest graduates, who are part of the XXX specialization course for access to GEO, a group led for several years by its boss, Commissioner Javier Nogueroles, become part of a dynamic and particularly demanding structure where qualified police officers come together especially carry out hard missions. They carried out twenty interventions during the pandemic and continue to maintain various international missions.
It has been reported that they are particularly involved in the upcoming formation of the new Malta Tactical Unit and the support of similar units in Algeria, Brazil or Colombia as part of various cooperation measures with other countries. In the director’s words, the GEO’s ability to evolve and adapt to recent needs has been highlighted and the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking has been added to its counter-terrorism capabilities – its remarkable specialization in attacks on the high seas is remembered on ships who transport them – or the trade in white slaves.
At the event, which ended with a brilliant exhibition, we shared information on some news concerning them. In the field of equipment, we learned that they have been equipped with new ballistic vests, various technical means, new weapon systems and even armored vehicles, a variety of materials that add to a specific arsenal that characterizes them and enables their interventions. Within the framework of the European Union, GEO, together with EUROPOL and the ATLAS group – network of national tactical units from different European countries, including the Special Intervention Unit (UEI) of the Civil Guard – will conduct an interesting training for aircraft attacks exercise, which Spain to a competence center in this field.
The specifics and size of the latest aircraft like the Airbus A380 require a number of skills in terms of people and means that are very remarkable. Hence, it is good to exchange experiences and knowledge between these types of groups that may need to work together on one of these operations. Today GEO is an international benchmark group. (Octavio Dec Cmara)
Photos: Images General Directorate of the Police.
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