When Navarra and the State sign the transfer of Traffic and Road Safety on December 1, the provincial community will acquire ownership of the competition, but for the moment it will not fully assume it. For this, the Government of María Chivite has set a period of about five years to provide the Provincial Police with a sufficient number of agents -149, according to calculations- to be able to assume with “guarantees” the management of traffic and surveillance and control of roads. The Regional Executive is already working with the Ministry of the Interior so that some of these reinforcements are civil guards settled in Navarra who would become part of the autonomous body.
Keys to security in Navarra: this is how the Foral Police and the State Security Forces share the work
At the end of the year the Foral Police will become the third autonomous police, together with the Ertzaintza and the Mossos d’Esquadra, to be in charge of these tasks exclusively, but unlike the Basque and Catalan police, the Navarre -which It has red as its corporate color – in addition to being less known by the citizens of the rest of Spain, it has a smaller number of agents – just over a thousand for the more than 7,000 of the Ertzaintza-.
At first, despite the fact that ownership of the competition passes from the State to Navarra, no change will be reflected on the roads. The Provincial Police and the Civil Guard will continue to manage jointly, as they do now, the works on the asphalt with around 400 agents, more or less half of each body, according to the latest known data.
After that period, which María Chivite has encrypted in about 5 years, the Foral Police will be exclusively in charge of the traffic. For this, the body will have been reinforced with at least 149 new agents, which the Navarrese Government estimates are necessary to complement the slightly more than 200 who already carry out these tasks.
In addition to the offer of public places of employment, the Navarrese Executive will enable a legal gateway so that Traffic agents of the Civil Guard already settled in Navarra can continue to exercise their functions within the body of the Foral Police. It is a tool included in the Navarra Police Law, approved in the Regional Parliament in 2018 with the votes of by Geroa Bai, EH Bildu and UPN, which establishes that “they may be enabled, within the framework of the body competent bilateral authority and in the terms provided by the competent administration, the necessary mechanisms to allow the integration of State officials who currently provide this service. ”
For this, some differences between the two bodies will have to be resolved, such as the salary scale model and some particular situations such as the right to a home enjoyed by a part of the body of the armed institute. The first vice president and spokesman for the provincial government, Javier Remírez, has indicated that these will be issues that will be discussed with the Ministry of the Interior to guarantee “attractive” conditions to those agents who decide to change the green for the red uniform color.
“The Civil Guard is going to remain in Navarra”
The loss of ownership of Traffic by the State will not mean an exit from the Civil Guard of Navarra, as certain sectors of the right have wanted to show. In fact, only 12% of the total number of agents of the armed institute that operate in the provincial community are in charge of road work. The State Security Forces, among which there is also the National Police, have exclusive competences set out in the Constitution and that they will never be able to carry out autonomous bodies. Tasks such as surveillance of the Noain airport and customs, as well as explosives, transfer of prisoners, investigations of organized crime or terrorism or the issuance of ID or passport. In general, all issues of an international or supra-autonomous nature are his.
“The Civil Guard is going to remain in Navarra,” said Vice President Remírez, who has assured that “no Civil Guard is going to be forced to leave Navarra if it is not of their own free will.” In addition to the option of the catwalk, the Regional Executive also seeks an agreement with Interior so that agents who want to continue within the armed institute in Navarra can continue in other areas of the body.