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.