Civil Guards to learn about the Gypsies
Back in 1840 the Civil Guard rulebook or ‘Cartilla’ gave instructions on how the Gypsy Community should be treated.
In these days of political correctness such comments would now be frowned upon, but new applicants to join the Civil Guard will now receive classes on Gypsey culture.
It will happen in Jaén when a new intake of 4,000 youngsters will hear from historians, anthropologists and even lawyers on the particular problems facing Gypsies living in Spain.
It will be the first time such an event has been seen in Spain and it’s intended to break some of the stereotypes faced by the Gypsy community with the hope that future Civil Guards will be better prepared to solve conflicts.