SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 22 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, has delivered this Tuesday to the president of the Canary Islands Federation of Municipalities (Fecam), María Concepción Brito, 198 Tetra terminals, valued at 96,298.84 euros, with the objective of improving the performance of the functions that current legislation attributes to the Local Police Forces of the Canary Islands.
The counselor stressed that the delivery of these devices is a new act of collaboration between the Government of the Canary Islands and the municipalities, respecting autonomy and scope of competence. “In this case, in a matter as important as security, one of the first demands that citizens make to the administrations and where collaboration is essential, because if it does not exist it is impossible to achieve that objective,” he said.
Julio Pérez has stressed that the intervention of the municipalities is essential because they are the ones who best know their environment and their population. To do this, he said, it is important that they have technical means such as the Tetras terminals that are now ceded to them and that will improve the communication capacity of the local police, both among themselves and with those of other municipalities.
Pérez indicated that the 198 terminals that are now being delivered are made based on the criteria established by the Fecam and has announced that throughout 2023 it is planned to acquire 700 more, with European funds, for Civil Protection; 220 for the Local Police Corps of the Canary Islands, and 60 for the General Corps of the Canary Islands Police (CGPC), with its own resources.
In this sense, it has advanced that the coverage of the Canary Islands Emergency and Security Network (Rescan) is also going to be expanded, a network of the Canary Islands Government itself through which these devices communicate and which currently covers 97% of the territory of the islands.
The president of FECAM, María Concepción Brito Núñez, has indicated that the signing of this agreement “represents another milestone in the inter-institutional and administrative collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands and FECAM that will result in the improvement of security conditions of each one of the Canary Islands municipalities, promoting that emergency situations can be better addressed by having a communications service independent from that of mobile networks”.
“Security is a key area for the entire territory, and improving communication capacity is of vital importance, as we have all been able to see in the face of any natural catastrophe,” said Brito, who welcomed the news released by the counselor in which he stated that next year the budgetary coverage in this area will be expanded.
For his part, the General Director of Security and Emergencies, Gustavo de Armas, has shown his confidence that collaboration with better equipment will continue next year.
The terminals, granted as a public concession for ten non-extendable years and that the Fecam will distribute among 38 municipalities of the islands, according to its criteria and requests received, are intended, on the one hand, to achieve the integration of the respective individual actions in the whole of the citizen security system entrusted to them and, on the other, to promote coordination between them, for a better provision of their services to the public, and to promote integration into the Canary Islands Emergency and Security Network (Rescan). One of the advantages is that independent groups can be created in emergencies in which several local police forces and within the police themselves can communicate.
Among the benefited municipalities are, among others, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (59), San Bartolomé de Tirajana (25), Arona and Adeje (9), Los Realejos and Gáldar (8), Mogán (7) and Santa Brígida and Santiago of Teide (6). None of them will have to make any economic consideration for the use of these terminals, but they do assume the costs of upkeep and maintenance, taxes, fees and other taxes that may be necessary.