Marlaska lowers GEO access requirements to facilitate women's entry

Marlaska lowers GEO access requirements to facilitate women’s entry

Historical change in the National Police. Within the General Directorate, Ministry of Interior, For the first time, it will lower the requirements on physical tests to access it. Special Operations Group (GEO), more commonly known as Geos. It seems that this is a “personal bet” of the minister. Fernando Grande-Marlaska in an effort to obtain there is a female presence in all police unitsaccording to highly reliable police sources AIM. The elite structure of the police still has no women among its units.

At the end of September, the Police Council approved the merit competition draft for the 17 current vacancies in the Special Operations Group. The innovations include granting four more places than the previous call and changing the physical tests and some grades that applicants must pass to enter this Corps. A series of changes proposed by the Directorate General to “homogenize” entrance exams with “exams of other similar units”. Special Response Unit of the Civil Guard», explain the referenced sources.

The physical aptitude tests that officers must pass will in some cases differ from all of the above. The last call was made in January 2020, before the pandemic. 240 agents, four of whom were women, attended the call; however none of them finally found a place. This elite group is known for their risky performances as well as the physical and mental requirements they demand of themselves. members. Among some of the tests already in the training period, for example, there is the test to withstand low temperatures in the middle of nature.

endurance and swimming

So things in endurance test, agents will go from 8,000 meters to 3,000 meters, this distance they need to overcome in 12 minutes. There were also downward changes in the grades in the swimming exam. It was between 40-28 seconds before, now it will stay between 50-31. In this way, the officers will be able to pass the test even if they spend ten seconds more to complete the water route than the previous call.

On the other hand, the number of Do not Pull They must complete 10 instead of 12 to pass. Bench press test with 70 kgIt is usually made for high performance athletes. However, the Headquarters took this decision after the Federal Police Association (UFP) appealed it on the grounds that it was too complex for both men and women. After passing the physical tests, applicants must also pass the psychotechnical tests and a personal interview. After that comes perhaps the hardest test: Course of Study 30 weeks

anger between geos

However, according to police sources reported to this newspaper, the changes in access to this Elite body did not go very well with Geos. In the opinion of some agents, lowering requirements and grades in tests will harm the functioning of elite troops in the long run. “Operation staff is very angry about this situation. It’s not about making women’s access easier, it’s about arranging it on a tray. It’s not about rights or equality, it’s about performing very specific functions»they continue.

This measure is part of the campaign. Ministry of Interior It is run in a way that ensures that the National Police and Civil Guard have at least 40% of women in the country by 2030. access promotions to two Institutions. For this reason, in the future objections of the Armed Institute, it has already approved that 25% to 40% of the places will be reserved for women.

It also removed the minimum height requirement for National Police exams. And in another royal decree of the Selective Processes, he plans to remove the minimum status to enter the Corps and allow women to delay selection tests while pregnant, in labor or in the postpartum period. At the moment, The National Police has 16.78% of women. However, women only represent 8.97% of personnel in the Civil Guard..

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