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THE Local Police forces of Palma, Llucmajor, Calvia and Marratxi are to collaborate in tackling domestic violence, car theft, prostitution, demonstrations and security at social events.

More than half the residents in the Balearics live in these four municipalities.
The decision to co-ordinate resources was made possible thanks to the creation of a Metropolitan Co-operation Council set up in Palma city hall. Among those present were Mayor of Palma Catalina Cirer, Balearic interior minister José Maria Rodríguez, and the Mayors of Llucmajor, Calvia and Marratxi, Lluc Tomàs, Carlos Delgado and Miquel Bestard respectively.

The Council will have an initial budget of 300'000 euros which will be used to improve communications among the forces, improving the systems currently in use and making them compatible.

Mayor Cirer said that the Council was part of a plan to modernise the Local Police.
There are 1'259 Local Police officers in the four municipalities, representing 62 per cent of all the Local Police forces in the Balearics.
The Palma force will set up the protocol for handling car theft (cars stolen in one town are frequently found in the next town), while Calvia will deal with prostitution, Marratxi with domestic violence and Llucmajor with demonstrations and social events.

The Council will meet every two months, Rodriguez said.

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