Historic change in the National Police. Directorate General, dependent on Ministry of the Interior, will reduce for the first time the requirements in the physical tests to access the Special Operations Group (GEO), better known as Geos. It is apparently a “personal pledge” of the minister Fernando Grande-Marlasca in their efforts to ensure that all police units have a female presence, according to LENS’ reliable police sources. The elite police force still has no women in its ranks.
At the end of September, the Police Council approved the draft merit competition for the 17 existing vacancies in the Special Operations Group. Among the novelties is the offer of four more places compared to the previous call and a change in the physical tests and some assessments that applicants must pass to gain access to this body. A series of changes that were proposed by the Directorate-General also to “homogenize” access tests with “those of other similar units, such as Special Intervention Unit of the Civil Guard», explained the consulted sources.
The physical fitness tests that employees will be required to take will differ in some cases from any previous tests. The last call was held before the pandemic, in January 2020. It was attended by 240 agents, including four women; but finally no one found a seat. This elite group is known, in addition to its risky actions, for the physical and mental demands it places on its members. Among some of his tests that are already in the training period is, for example, the one to withstand low temperatures in nature.
Endurance and swimming
That’s the way it is, in the endurance test, agents will cover a distance of 8,000 to 3,000 meters, a distance they must cover in 12 minutes. In the swimming test, scores also experienced downward changes. Before they were between 40 and 28 seconds, now they will stay between 50-31. This way, the officials will be able to pass the test even if it takes them ten seconds longer to complete the water route compared to the previous call.
On the other hand, the number of dominated they must do to pass, 10 instead of 12. Finally, test bench with 70 kg, which is usually done on high-performance athletes. After passing the physical tests, candidates must also pass the psycho-technical tests and a personal interview. Then comes perhaps the most difficult test: the course of study 30 weeks.
The rage among the Geos
However, changes to access to this elite body have not gone down well with Geos, according to police sources denouncing this newspaper. According to some agents, lowering the requirements and test scores in the long run will be detrimental to the performance of the elite corps. “Operations are very angry about this matter. That’s not making it easier to access women, that’s panning. This is not about rights or equality, but about the performance of very specific functions.they hold
This measure is part of the campaign that the Ministry of the Interior is conducting so that the National Police and the Civil Guard have by 2030 at least 40% of women in the promotions to access the two corps. For this, it has already been approved that in the next oppositions of the Armed Institute, between 25 and 40% of the seats are reserved for women.
At the same time, it removed the minimum height requirement for the National Police examinations. And in another royal decree on selective processes, he plans to remove the minimum statue to enter the body and allow women to postpone their selection tests if they are pregnant, giving birth or in the postpartum period. Now, The National Police has 16.78% women. However, women represent only 8.97% of the workforce in the Civil Guard.