Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime
Emblem of the CITCO
Intelligence agency overview
FormedOctober 15, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-10-15)
Preceding agencies
  • National Anti-Terrorism Coordination Center
  • Intelligence Center against Organized Crime
HeadquartersMadrid,  Spain
Intelligence agency executive
  • Manuel Navarrete Paniagua, Director
Parent Intelligence agencySecretariat of State for Security

The Intelligence Center for Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime (Spanish: Centro de Inteligencia para la lucha contra el Terrorismo y la Delincuencia Organizada, CITCO) is the Spanish domestic intelligence agency responsible for the prevention of terrorism, organized crime and other violent radical organizations by managing and analyzing all internal information of the country. It was formed in October 2014 by merging of the National Anti-Terrorism Coordination Center and Intelligence Center against Organized Crime.

History

The agency was created on October 15, 2014 by the Royal Decree 873/2014, of 10 October 2014, which modified the Royal Decree 400/2012, of 17 February 2014, by which the basic structure of the Ministry of the Interior was developed.[1] The agency resulted from the merged of two predecessor domestic intelligence agencies, the National Anti-Terrorism Coordination Center (CNCA) and the Intelligence Center against Organized Crime (CICO) under the Secretariat of State for Security within the Ministry of the Interior.[further explanation needed] The purpose of the union was to optimize efforts and take advantage of economic resources of both agencies in the face of growing threats and the link between violent extremist, terrorist organizations and organized crime.[2]

Functions

CITCO is responsible for the reception, integration and analysis of the strategic information available in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and violent radicalism, the design of specific strategies against these threats, and, where appropriate, the establishment of criteria for Action and operational coordination of the bodies acting in the cases of coincidence or concurrence in the investigations, and in particular:[3][4]

Personnel

The agency´s personnel is composed from the National Police Corps (CNP), Civil Guard, Customs Surveillance Service, Prison officers, Armed Forces and Centro Nacional de Inteligencia (CNI).

Directors

  1. National Police Chief Commissioner José Luis Olivera Serrano, acting director from 2014-2015 and director from 2015-2018.[5]
  2. Civil Guard Colonel Francisco Montes López, acting director in July 2018.[6]
  3. Civil Guard Brigadier general Ángel Alonso Miranda, director from 2018 to 2020.[7]
  4. Civil Guard Brigadier general Manuel Navarrete Paniagua, director since September 2020.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Royal Decree 873/2014, of October 10, by which modifies the Royal Decree 400/2012, of 17 of February, by which the basic organic structure of the Ministry of the Interior is developed boe.es
  2. ^ "Interior crea un centro de inteligencia de terrorismo y crimen organizado". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  3. ^ ÓRGANOS DE COORDINACIÓN DEPENDIENTES DEL SECRETARIO DE ESTADO DE SEGURIDAD, EL CENTRO DE INTELIGENCIA CONTRA EL TERRORISMO Y EL CRIMEN ORGANIZADO
  4. ^ "Royal Decree 952/2018, of July 27, which develops the basic organic structure of the Ministry of Interior". www.boe.es. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  5. ^ interior.gob.es José Luis Olivera, new CITCO's director 27 January 2015, retrieved 2 July 2018
  6. ^ "El cese del comisario Olivera del CITCO marca un punto y aparte en 'Las cloacas de Interior'". www.publico.es. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  7. ^ "El general de la Guardia Civil Ángel Alonso Miranda dirigirá el Citco". La Vanguardia. 2018-07-11. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
  8. ^ "El general de la Guardia Civil Manuel Navarrete, nuevo director del Centro de Inteligencia contra el Terrorismo y el Crimen Organizado". 2 September 2020.