The Policía Local in Salobreña have been reinforced with three new officers, bringing their total number up to 25. Two more are on the way.
In fact, it is the Mayor’s intention to surpass the ratio recommended to cover a town’s necessity as far as policing goes.
The Mayor, María Eugenia Rufino, pointed out that her objective is also to supply all the means that the work force require, by supervising the municipal police directly from the Mayor’s office rather than through a Councillor for Citizen Safety.
“This [staff increase] is not a provisional arrangement,” she said, “but just the starting point from a plan to stabilise police staffing.”
Up until now, when extra police were required for social events (fiestas and sporting events) the existing police staff had to work double shifts, but with the increase in officers available, it won’t be necessary. Furthermore, the Mayor considers that the citizens of Salobreña will feel safer seeing more personnel policing the town.
Salobreña’s policing problems stem from the fact that when the body was set up, the original officers all entered together as young adults; now, many of them have reached retirement age together leaving the force short handed.
(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)