The Undersecretary of Crime Prevention, Eduardo Vergara, and the Director General of the Carabineros, Ricardo Yáñez, launched the security plan for this summer this morning, at the NCO Carabineros School.
The initiative aims to strengthen the presence of the police and the protection of citizens in tourist places, such as beaches and spas, and also on paths, streets, parks and other sectors during the summer season.
The security plan provides for the deployment – in two phases – of 1,140 men throughout the national territory, starting with 445 in the first phase and another 695 already in the last summer period.
In this regard, Undersecretary Vergara stated that “in recent months, as a Government, we will continue to put in place, strengthening our articulation work for the protection of such important activities as tourism, commercial activity, transport, which all the cogs that make the country progress, grow, but above all protect its people, work”.
The authority explained that the police officers who will be deployed for people’s safety come from three schools, Concepción, Santiago and Antofagasta, “to be present at a time when the country is asking for security”. Along with this, he highlighted the delivery of police patrols to strengthen preventive work in the territories.
I also take the opportunity to ask everyone that when they see the Carabineros carrying out their duties, they allow them to do it calmly. Many times there are spaces with a large presence of people, of masses and we need them to be able to do their job, have their own space, because in the end we all make Chile’s security. And the more we understand it as an effort of the country, the better we move to make security the impression of justice and fairness, but above all a right and not a privilege,” she said.
Undersecretary Vergara also took the opportunity to thank the Carabineros for their work following the great fire that hit the city of Viña del Mar.
Meanwhile, the director general of the Carabineros underlined that “as an institution, together with the government, we have already planned a series of actions that aim to provide greater security for all individuals and families, who will visit the spa in different regions of the country”.
And he added that “Carabineros are constantly present in the area and we know that one of the main concerns of citizens is security. This is why we are here not only to inform about a plan, but also to reaffirm our commitment to the peace and security of each of our compatriots (…) Together with the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security and the President of the Republic , Gabriel Boric, we have worked to strengthen our preventive work. Prevention is the key concept for this plan to truly be a safe summer.
Specifically, during the first month of 2023, 445 police officers will be assigned, especially in places with the greatest public flow. 695 troops will be deployed in February, which is 74% more than in the same period in the summer of 2021-2022.
In both phases, 87 police stations will be upgraded, with a differentiated supply of personnel from the Carabineros of the NCO Schools of Antofagasta, Santiago and Concepción, in order not to jeopardize the regular and normal services they carry out on a daily basis throughout Chile.
The plan also includes the dissemination of self-care advice for a safe summer pass and also on protecting temporarily vacant homes when homeowners are on holiday.