Archive for April, 2014

Judicial Police arrest man for sexual abuse of 14 year old

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Judicial Police South Division reported on 29th April 2014 that they had arrested a 57 year man for sexual abuse.

The facts are that at the beginning of 2014, in a locality of Baixo Alentejo, the offense took place with the victim, a girl, now aged 14 years.

The detainee has appeared at the first judicial interrogation, taking appropriate measures including prohibition to travel to the area where the offense took place and contact with the families concerned.


European Police Futsal (football) tournament – Loule

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The European Police Futsal (5 a side football) tournament organized by the GNR/APG  Associacao dos Profissionais da Guarda will be held at Pavilihao Municipal de Loule from 1st to 3rd May 2014. This is located close to the roundabout on the Loule byepass at the junction with the N396 to Querenca.

The event is sponsored by Turismo do Algarve and the Council of Loule and brings together 12 teams from Portugal and France in what will sure to be an exciting tournament.

This will coincide on 3rd May with the 103 rd Anniversary of the GNR display/parade which will be held in Loule outside the Municipal office.  The display will take place from 0900 to 1300 hrs, followed by the tournament semi- finals, 3rd and 4th place playoffs and the finals at 1900 hrs.

Entry to the matches is free to the public.

Al details of the events which are open to the public can be found at 



Portimão – Person arrested for drug trafficking

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

On 22nd April 2014 at about 1810 hrs, the Police Criminal Investigation unit of PSP Portimão  arrested a foreigner aged 43 years , for trafficking in narcotics in the city.

Following a 6 month investigation in which  another suspected had been arrested and is awaiting trial, PSP caught the suspect in the act of selling drugs. Upon arrest 67 individual doses of heroin, 4 individual doses of cocaine, 1 cellphone, 400 Euros in cash, various materials for handling and packaging of narcotics were seized.

The suspect appeared at the Court of Portimão.

Inauguration of the new General Commander of the National Guard (GNR)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The new General Commander of the National Guard, Lt. Gen. Matthew Manuel Costa da Silva Couto, took office on 21st April 2014 at 16:00 hrs, at the School of the Guard at Queluz, during a military ceremony.


GNR Operation Easter – Results

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

During Easter the GNR conducted Operation Easter 2014 – to increase patrols and roadside checks between 00:00 hours on the 17th and 24:00 on the 20th April, with a particular focus on the most critical areas, with the aim of combating road accidents, regulate traffic and ensure support to all road users providing them with a safe movement. 

During the four days, and compared to the “Operation Easter 2013” (28-31 March), there were 591 accidents (less 212 compared to 2013); three killed (minus five); 23 serious injuries (plus 14) and 191 minor injuries (minus 99).

PSP Security Operation Easter 2014 – Final results

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

From 14th to 20th April 2014 the PSP conducted “Security Operation Easter in 2014”. The following three objectives were fully achieved:

· Decrease in road accidents ;

· Increased visibility in Areas of Concentration of People ;

· Increased pro active police activity through creating and crime prevention ;

As for road accidents  there were  zero fatalities (two less than in 2013 ) , 11 serious injuries (4 less than in 2013 ) , 228 minor injuries (27 less than  2013 ) and a total of 810 accidents ( 120 less than last year).

Easter is a period with some demographic changes and which also translates into more people including tourists , shopping and walking in the main cities of Portugal. The PSP has built on visible policing to promote the  feeling of security by the community.

Compared to 2013 , we continue to record a decrease in crime rates in our areas of responsibility (the major cities) down 6 % in the first quarter of the year). Actives aimed at preventing burglaries, thefts on public roads, in car thefts, pickpockets , thefts of non-precious metals were conducted during this period.

The European Commissioners , a project of Iberian cooperation  has once again been put in place by the PSP and the Cuerpo Nacional de Policia in Spain. This is aimed at supplementing police patrols in tourist destinations in each country by joint police patrols. Lisbon and Braga received elements of the National Spanish Cuerpo de Policia , especially between 17 and 20 April with the PSP visiting Spain.

The PSP was also present in Torremolinos (Spain ). and also provided support to the elderly population through the PSP Special Program ” Senior Security “.

During the period 279 arrests were made, which include 17 for theft, 12 for possession of illegal weapons, 35 as a result of an execution of arrest warrants, 22 drug trafficking and 112 for driving with excess alcohol .

More than 33000 vehicles inspected and more than 6700 drivers test for drink driving. 111 cars of various kinds were checked for various irregularities .

A total of 25 vehicles, 11 weapons ( including 3 firearms ) and more than 11,500 doses of drugs were seized.

GNR Operation “Protect Forest”

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

The GNR is conducting until the 14th of May, a number of awareness campaigns at national level, especially directed at schools on measures to prevent fires by cleaning, removal of undergrowth and maintenance procedures,  fuel management, with the aim of reducing the risk of forest fire.

In 2013, the GNR experienced about 23,801 fire incidents, 43 persons were arrested and 750 suspected arsonists identified. This year, by the end of March, there were 928 occurrences of fire, four arrests had been made and 53 suspects had been held held.

The problem of forest fires in Portugal has become increasingly important, especially due to the negative impacts of fires on natural resources. In this sense, with the completion of these actions to raise awareness the GNR intends to encourage good practices and respect for nature, ensuring, ultimately, sustainability and the future of our forests.

Police in Portugal and Spain conduct joint patrols during Easter period

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Portugal, Miguel Macedo, and the Interior Minister of Spain, Jorge Fernández Díaz, announced the launch joint patrols by the security forces of the two countries over Easter. This measure aims to ensure a police service  in their own language for  Spanish and Portuguese nationals travelling across the border during the Holy Week vacation.

The joint patrols fall within the “European Squadrons” project that was jointly presented for the first time in Lisbon on March 25, 2013, referred the Ministries responsible for internal security of the two countries.

This is the second year the project has been conducted and takes into account the movements of Portuguese and Spanish tourist in certain areas in both countries including Torremolinos and Benalmadena in Spain from 5th – 14th April and Lisbon and Braga in Portugal from 16th – 21st April.

During XXVI Luso-Spanish Summit, held in Madrid on 13th May 2013, the two ministers decided to reissue this initiative and agreed on conducting joint patrols during holiday Holy Week 2014.

Person arrested by PSP for international drug trafficking

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

On 15th April at 1800 hrs the PSP Police Division Loures (under the overall command of the PSP Lisbon Metropolitan District, arrested a 37 year old, for trafficking in narcotics.

The PSP based on information that had been collected, located the suspect thought to be carrying “cocaine” inside his body and who was preparing to leave by air to another European country.

After his interception in Loures area, the suspect was transported to a hospital unit where an examination established that he was carrying 17 suspect packages inside his body which were “expelled”. This corresponded to about 2,000 individual doses of cocaine.

The detainee, who has criminal records for the same type of crime, was presented at the Judicial Court of Loures, to 1. º Judicial Interrogation and implementation to be remanded in custody.

Operation by Judicial Police result in arrest of two people for transnational fraud amounting to EUR 2 million

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

It was reported on 16th April 2014 that the Judicial Police, through the National Anti-Corruption Unit (UNCC) conducted an operation in the northern and central parts of the country, which led to the dismantling of a large international fraud.

The fraud, which originated in Italy, extended to France, Spain and Portugal. This involved the false promise of financing which reached a total value of EUR 3.8 billion resulting in the victims (dozens of businessmen) linked to construction, hotels and restaurants, losing around 2 millions euros in advanced payments.

Resulting from the complex investigation, a 55 years old Portuguese national was arrested and was remanded in custody. At the end of March, following an European Arrest Warrant issued by the Portuguese authorities, an Italian businessman, 69 years old, resident in Italy, who coordinated all the fraudulent activity from his office in Parma was also arrested.

This business is already known by the Italian authorities for the practice of various economic and financial crimes.