Editorial I Preserve the prestige of the Mossos

The replacement of Major Trapero as head of the body of the Mossos d’Esquadra by the curator Josep Maria Estela It falls fully within the competences of the ‘Ministry’ of the Interior. But the personality of the unemployed and their comings and goings in front of the body raise susceptibilities to the reasons given and almost to any other that could be alleged. The ‘Minister’ of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena, has justified the change by the need to proceed to a generational relief in the chain of command of the body, and to accentuate the identity of the Mossos as proximity police. He has also made reference to the will of the Department of promote policewomen until they reach at least a third of the hand chain. The objectives are more than acceptable, as is the need for a greater adaptation of the body to the technologies that the prosecution of crime requires today. However, there is no indication that Trapero, who has repeatedly expressed his commitment to these objectives as far as we know, is not in a position to undertake the transformations demanded by the regional police in the next decade.

This opens the door for some to interpret, including Trapero himself, that political motivations have been added or have weighed more than those of a functional nature and that the little sympathy that the elder arouses among some independence forces since he revealed, before the Supreme Court, that he had prepared a plan to stop to the president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, and to the vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, in the event that a judge had ordered him to do so, in the turbulent days of late 2017. Trapero’s words, which he has never resigned, caused astonishment in some pro-independence ranks. A man who had been elevated by another part of the independence movement to a status of hero, after the successes reaped by the Mossos in the action against those responsible for the Jihadist attacks in Barcelona and CambrilsIn a few days, he was considered a traitor to a cause he had never adhered to. Trapero, who had been praised for the famous and unfortunate photograph of him during a paella in Cadaqués with the ‘expresident’ Puigdemont – his main supporter in the appointment as major and in his return as head of the corps with the ‘councilor’ Sàmper-, came to be regarded as a unreliable police. What would be totally unacceptable is that this dismissal were one more episode of the differences between Esquerra and Junts or even between both and Puigdemont.

Both the ‘minister’ Elena and the commissioner Estela have before them the opportunity to demonstrate that the political suspicions that Trapero’s dismissal may have aroused – unavoidable before a policeman with such a marked and controversial personality – have not been the determining factors and that, indeed , the change in the Catalan police leadership can help implement the objectives set by the Government for the Mossos. Starting by a less personal and more collegiate command, in which commissioners promoted in recent years and who have recognized service sheets have a role. All of it, preserving the legacy of Trapero what is most relevant about this: its determined defense of the Mossos as a police force that is due to the laws that emanate from the Statute of Autonomy and the Constitution, especially when they act as judicial police.


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