by Staff Reporter
THE Balearics will have 124 new National Police officers from October 15, bringing the force up to 1'114 officers, a 12.5 percent increase.
The announcment was made yesterday by government representative Ramon Socias.
Sixty of the new officers, who will be sworn in on Friday, will be based in Palma, 11 in Manacor, 30 in Ibiza, 12 in Mahon and 11 in Ciutadella.
They will be based in the Balearics for at least one year, and if an officer should ask for a transfer, he will be replaced by another officer.
Socias said that the new officers would be given a beat, and their duties will include preventing the most common crimes and compiling information. Socias said that having police on the beat allows the force to be more operative in conflictive areas, and is also effective in preventing crime.

The number of officers had been dropping steadily during the past two legislatures, and the force is still 100 officers short, Socias said.