Police budgets

Portugal’s GNR military force has been allocated 206 million euros more than the PSP police force in this year’s State Budget.

The GNR have been granted 862 million euros by the Ministry of Internal Administration while the PSP received 655 million euros.

The Ministry justifies the amounts with the difference in the number of police officers in the two forces, with the GNR accounting for 4,000 more agents than the PSP.

However, according to António Ramos, president of a union representing PSP officers, this force covers a larger area than the GNR. He added: “The budget is low and we need means to fight rising crime.”