PALMA THE number of National Police officers in the Balearics rose yesterday to 1'500 after its ranks were swelled with 104 new recruits. The Islands have never had such a full complement of officers with levels now standing at almost 100 percent complete. A presentation was attended in Palma by Police and Guardia Civil Chief, Francisco Javier Velazquez. He was accompanied by Central Government delegate, Raman Socias who said that more than 300 officers have been drafted in to the region in the last four years. The 104 latest additions will be designated to different parts of the Islands, principally Palma, Manacor, Ciutadella and Mahon on Minorca, and Ibiza.

Velazquez said that the police in the Balearics have set a fine example in promoting citizen safety and the defence of liberty. He added that security is one of the principal concerns of Central Government and its policy is reflected in the funds that are allocated to both the National Police and Guardia Civil. “We live in one of the safest countries of the European Union and the Balearic Islands is one of Spain's safest regions.