Director General of the Spanish Police
condecoration Ceremony Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom
Ignacio Cosidó Gutiérrez
Director General de la Policía
TOMA DE POSESIÓN: 2 de enero de 2012
Nacido en 1965, en Salamanca.
Casado. 3 hijos.
Licenciado en Ciencias Políticas por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Doctor en Geografía e Historia por la U.N.E.D.
Diplomado en Defensa Nacional por el CESEDEN.
Ha sido Profesor Asociado en la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, en ICADE (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas) y en el Instituto Universitario Gutiérrez Mellado.
Elegido Diputado Nacional del Partido Popular por Palencia en las elecciones generales de 2011.
Diputado Nacional del PP por Palencia en 2008. Portavoz del Grupo Popular en la Comisión de Interior del Congreso de los Diputados.
Senador del PP por Palencia en las elecciones de 2004.
Ha sido Portavoz en la Comisión de Defensa y en la Comisión de Interior del Grupo Popular en el Senado.
Fue también miembro de la Asamblea Parlamentaria de la UEO y del Consejo de Europa.
Entre 1996 y 2004 fue Jefe del Gabinete del Director General de la Guardia Civil.
Ha publicado varios libros y numerosos artículos y ensayos sobre seguridad interior e internacional.
Every year, we hold a traditional ceremony in the Spanish Embassy in Paris to decorate French police officers and gendarmes who stood for in the cooperation with Spain. Today, for the first time, we are holding this ceremony in London to honour and thank the British police officers collaboration. This event is the best evidence of our relationships strength, the joint boost that we are giving to the bilateral collaboration in the fight against an increasingly global criminality, and of our will to promote, even more, our cooperation in the future.
Spain and the United Kingdom are the two European countries which have more severely suffered the coward scourge of terrorism. We have suffered it in the past, with the savage attacks of IRA and ETA that have caused so much grief in our societies. And today, we are jointly facing a Jihadist terrorism that has as a major target our democracies.
Throughout history, the British and Spanish people have provided evidences of how to defeat our enemies with resolution, effort and perseverance. Our democracies have never given in to terror blackmail and, in both cases we have proved that freedom is stronger than terror. I want sincerely to thank your support that we have always received in our fight against ETA, a political support that, furthermore, has turned into a strong operational collaboration.
I am honoured today for having the opportunity of decorating some of the officers that with their work and professionalism have made possible this cooperation. These decorations also represent our gratitude towards the British authorities and the United Kingdom as a whole, for the support provided on behalf of freedom, our common cause.
Concerning this support, I want to reiterate here our reciprocity commitment British tourists hold the first place of foreign visitors coming to Spain, and this is the best expression of our peoples’ friendship. I am very pleased for the prize that the British Embassy in Madrid recently awarded to our Benidorm Foreign Tourist Assistance Service, the SATE, for the great quality of the service it provides to their fellow citizens.
Likewise, I hope we can implement joint patrols soon, to provide even more security to the British tourists visiting Spain. Our goal is that all British tourists visiting Spain feel as safe as in their own homes.
But we are also united in our fight against any kind of organized crime. British fugitives were arrested en Spain, some of them dangerous. These successes are, again, the result of a fruitful collaboration and I would like to stress the excellent work of the police attachés of the United Kingdom based in Spain. This collaboration also includes our fight against economic crime and money laundering. Some months ago, we carried out a joint operation and as a result a boiler room network operating in Spain was dismantled.
Our cooperation is particularly intense on fighting drug trafficking. I am very conscious that many of the Spanish police successes in the fight against cocaine trafficking are the result of a fruitful information sharing. I am convinced that the United Kingdom and Spain will keep up their commitment and leadership within the international community as for fighting drug trafficking, one of the worst scourges, no doubt, of the twenty-first century society.
Please let me end my speech with some considerations. The first one might not be politically correct, but let me tell you openly that regardless any disagreement, Spain and the United Kingdom share the common interest that Gibraltar should not become a money laundering hub at the service oforganized crime. In this sense, direct collaboration between British and Spanish police is essential.
Secondly, it is important that our excellent bilateral cooperation should be complemented by an efficient cooperation within the European Union as far as security is concerned. EUROPOL, led by my good friend Robert Winright, is a suitable example that this multilateral collaboration can be complementary and useful for both.
And last but not least, in order to respond the great challenges of global crime we are facing, we are obliged to take our cooperation far beyond our borders. Our cooperation with the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Colombia is the best example of the path we have to take if we want to fight efficiently all these threats. But we must also foster new initiatives in the field of fighting terrorism, or combating networks engaged in trafficking of human beings. I want you to know that you will find in the Spanish National Police Force the best willingness to cooperate in order to ensure our citizens’ security anywhere in the world.
And to finish, I want to reiterate my congratulations to all the persons who have been decorated today, to express my appreciation to all the British agencies cooperating with us, as well as my congratulations to the Ambassador of Spain, my good friend Federico Trillo, for this initiative that represents a further step for strengthening our relationship.
Thank you very much.