The PSP decided to give absolute priority to the action to inspect the measures of the state of emergency and is considering calling pre-retirement policemen to the service.
An order from the national PSP leadership, to which the Lusa agency had access today, determines that priority be given to “the enforcement action of compliance with the restrictions imposed” by the state of emergency over other police events that do not endanger physical integrity or people's lives and that “all the skills” of the police are used
To fulfill this objective, the national director, Magina da Silva, also stipulated that police officers who are in a pre-retirement situation be informed that they may be called on to provide service in this critical phase.
In this phase of a serious pandemic crisis, and to reinforce police visibility, it was also decided to place police officers who are exercising functions in administrative services in order to create inspection teams.
However, the elements that support the national leadership, the Special Police Unit (UEP), educational establishments and social services are left out.
On Monday's council of ministers, the prime minister demanded that the security forces have more visibility on the public road and that they reinforce their supervisory action as determined by the government that today decided to reinforce some measures adopted in the confinement period due to the covid -19.
"The security forces, and especially the PSP, were given greater visibility of their presence on the public road, particularly in the vicinity of school establishments, in order to be a deterrent to prevent gatherings that are a threat to public health" , affirmed António Costa, after the extraordinary meeting, in which some measures were reinforced to combat the covid-19.
In Portugal, 9.465 people died from 581.605 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2.058.226 deaths resulting from more than 96,1 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.