On 28th May 2014 the Safe Summer police reinforcement programme was announced at a ceremony attended by the Minister for Internal Affairs Miguel Macedo in Faro.
The event was hosted by Desiderio Silva President of Turismo do Algarve and attended by the General Commander of the GNR, National Director of the PSP and Secretary of State for Tourism Adolfo Nunes. Safe Communities Algarve represented by David Thomas President and Lilia Martins Board member also attended.
During the presentations it was announced that an additional 30 PSP officers per day would be present in the Algarve for the period 1st June to 15th September 2014 a period of 107 days. There would also be an additional 200 permanent GNR officers plus 336 on a non-permanent basis to cover various major events being planned in the Algarve during the holiday period.
The PSP Faro District Commander Superintendent Antonio Silva then gave a detailed presentation on the 4 year plan concerning police during the Safe Summer period. Twelve initiatives were announced which included partnerships with the University of the Algarve as well as implementing the protocol with Safe Communities Algarve.
He added that in 2013 within the areas of the PSP jurisdiction which covered 67.5% of the population in the Algarve, overall crime had decreased by 4.48% compared to 2012 and violent crime by 18.6%.
A presentation was also given by the Regional Director of SEF for the Algarve Fatima Teixeira outlining the population distribution of foreign residents in the Algarve and movement at boarder crossing and arrival/departure points.