MORE than 50 extra Local Police officers will be drafted into service in Calvia this summer, to guarantee security for visitors and residents alike in the popular resort area which includes Magalluf, Palmanova, Paguera, Illetas and Santa Ponsa. Mayor Carlos Delgado, accompanied by deputy mayors Isidro Cañellas and Bartolomé Bonafé and Local Police chief Jaume Jaume revealed details of the programme, which will cost more than 600'000 euros, yesterday. Priority will be given to incidents on the beaches and surrounding areas, with particular attention to infractions by street vendors, and the distribution of advertising. The street vendors who will be targetted sell fruit on the beaches, often in unhygienic conditions, and without permits. And many tourists complain of being constantly bothered by young people handing out flyers for bars and clubs. The new officers will also keep an eye out for forest fires; will control noise pollution and make sure that bars, restaurants and other establishments comply with the municipal bylaws. The council has also set up closed circuit cameras in the most conflictive areas.
Forty-two of the 64 new officers will form part of the tourist police, whose task is to work tourists, providing advice as well as dealing with robberies and muggings. They all have a knowledge of foreign languages. Forty per cent of the police will be on duty at beaches, promenades and blue zones; 16 per cent will reinforce the police on the beat; 14 per cent will join the communications unit; 18 per cent will be on night patrol and 12 per cent will join other units. One video camera has been installed in Cas Catalan, nine in Magalluf and five in Santa Ponsa. The Mayor said that these cameras help prevent crime and also help identify suspects.