The two members of the West Midlands Police Force on the beach beat yesterday.

10-08-2015

”I think it’s a very good idea. It’s nice to know that you can talk to a British police officer, someone who speaks your own language in the case of an incident.
“Sometimes the local police can be a bit hard and there are always language problems which only complicate matters,” a British holidaymaker said yesterday as the two members from the West Midlands police took to the beat in Magalluf for the first time.

The resort has struggled over recent years to deal with an increase in drunken and violent behaviour recently.
According to the Foreign Office, 500 Britons were arrested there in 2011 and 2012, mainly for drink-related offences.
The two British officers will spend this week patrolling alongside members of the Guardia Civil in the resort and also other hotspots including beaches, airport terminals and town centres.

They are wearing full British uniform and work eight-hour shifts between 7am and 10pm. The National Police Chiefs’ Council said it would assist the Guardia Civil when British nationals were victims of crime, support any criminal investigations where Britons were victims, witnesses or offenders, and help British nationals who were victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse or other serious offences.

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Ian Morrison / Hace over 6 years

I hope the officers receive more respect in Magalluf than they do back in the UK.

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Anne Devoy / Hace over 6 years

I would have thought that 10pm at night till 7am in the morning would be better hours in Magaluff

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Joanot Martorell / Hace over 6 years

I'm totally agree with Robert. British people can imagine a "Policia Nacional" patrolling in "Speaker Corner"?

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Robert / Hace over 6 years

This is ridiculous. Firstly Spain should be able to do it's own policing, and secondly the UK police officer looks stupid, is unarmed, has no more authority in law than you or I, and doesn't speak the language. Get him back to the UK where he's needed, we read that the police there can't respond to burglaries any more as they're understaffed.

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