Since the creation of Safe Communities Algarve in November 2012 and the creation of Safe Communities Portugal in January 2015 a number of Protocolsd have been signed with various authorities in order to foster close relationships and provide a framework for mutual co-operation.
Safe Communities Algarve (SCA) is supported by both the Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) and Polícia Segurança Publica PSP and has written protocols with both of these organizations outlining our collaborative arrangements. These were approved by the General Commands in Lisbon and signed in 2012.
In January 2015 the newly formed Associacao SCP Safe Communities Portugal signed a national protocol with the GNR National Headquarters Command and a further protocol with the PSP Lisbon Metropolitan Command covering this area.
These Protocols include ways in which we collaborate with the PSP and GNR and vice versa. The provisions include the holding of seminars and displays; the SCA support for the GNR Safe Residence Program; the publication of GNR and PSP material on the SCA website and the provision of links to the SCA website from the GNR and PSP sites. Also covered is the forming of joint initiatives in terms of crime prevention to help combat crime.
On 27th February 2014 SCA was priviledged to sign a protocol with Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF) in order to strengthen collaboration between the two organizations, in particular creating greater awareness of SEF’s work and activities and to develop joint initiatives and activities in the future.
On 31st July 2014 the association signed a protocol with the ANPC (civil Protection Agency) following a joint awareness campaign held from May to June in wildfire prevention and environmental protection. The protocol establishes a formal link between the two organizations which will help in planning further activities and will therefore benefit the community.
On 21st January 2015, the newly launched Safe Communities Portugal signed a protocol with AMAL (Comunidade Intermunicipal do Algarve) reflecting the close collaboration between the association and the Mayors from 18 municipalities in the Algarve. at an earlier meeting held on 22nd December 2014 the Mayors present at the meeting voted unanimously in support of the protocol.
On 10th December 2015, the Associaion signed protocols with the Autoridade Nacional de Protectҫao Civil (ANPC) (National Authority for Civil Protection) and Serviҫo de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF). Both events took place in separate signing ceremonies held at the organisation’s respective headquarters in Lisbon. The SEF protocol was signed by the National Director António Pereira and the ANPC protocol by the President, Major General Francisco Grave Pereira.
SCP also works closely with a number of other authorities such as the Municipal councils, Turismo de Portugal, ANPC (Civil Protection Agency), Judicial Police, Night Guard Service, ASAE, APAV (Portuguese Association of Victim Support), the British, Dutch, French, Irish and US Embassies and others.