The Organic Unit of the Judicial Police (UOPJ) of the Civil Guard of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has received one of the Menina Awards of this year granted by the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands for its work in the fight against gender violence and, specifically, for its participation in the investigation and search of the two girls from Tenerife, Anna and Olivia, who were murdered by their father, Tomás Gimeno, in an act of vicarious violence.
According to the brigade José Luis Seoane, head of the EMUME of the UOPJ, «This is an award that the Ministry of Equality has awarded to the team for the fight against gender violence and violence against minors, for their work on the tragic issue of the disappearance and subsequent homicide of girls. It serves as a spur to continue working on the elimination of gender violence. The Emume has been the main axis of the investigation “because we not only take care of the issues of women and children but also the investigation of homicides of the disappeared, so that the case had all the requirements for us to take charge. It could be defined as the general direction of all research.
The Emume carries out its work in this way: it takes the first data and from them, seen the first clues, they generate the possible work strategies, the main lines of research on which to focus. Then they are divided into subgroups so that each one assumes one of them in particular, either to help clarify the matter or to determine that this clue is not valid. According to the working groups, they close tracks and then reunite until they get to the right one. “It was what we did this time,” determines the brigade. “We value the possibilities that they could be escaped, hidden on the Island, that they had left by sea, by air or were deceased, until we reached the conclusion that we all know.”
It was a fairly long investigation, lasting two months, which has covered many branches and a large number of personnel involved. “Not only the judicial police have worked, but also citizen security patrols, underwater groups of the Civil Guard and helicopter units in the search. The maritime service was also permanently pending. We have also had collaborations with central operating units, such as the UCO ».
In order to determine that a matter is vicarious violence, “the investigation must first be completed and when all the pieces are on the table, it is revealed, but the Prosecutor’s Office and the Court have a lot to say in this matter. We join them in their decisions.
The Emume has been involved in multiple cases of gender violence, apart from the famous Anna and Olivia, which has been the most serious in which he has participated. “We have been involved in known cases, especially in homicides, where the victim is the result of gender-based violence, but luckily, it does not occur very often,” explains the head of the team to combat sexist violence and violence. against minors.
The Civil Guard Women-Minor Specialists are responsible for investigating the crimes committed against these people and those in which they participate as perpetrators, providing them with specialized and immediate attention during the police intervention adapted to the type of crime and their circumstances. It includes crimes against sexual freedom, outside and within the family environment; those related to juvenile delinquency; trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation and child pornography.