The new promised National Police station building in Torrevieja has been cancelled according to The Secretary of State for Security, despite multiple promises by local government.
The growing population of Torrevieja have been requesting the facility for over a decade and the new building has been so in demand that the Partido Popular included the project in their 2005 election manifesto. With the land already paid for by Torrevieja taxpayers, it now seems like yet another waste of public funds as the land has already been leased.
It wasn’t all bad news though as The Secretary of State; Francisco Martinez has promised that Torrevieja will receive a new ´virtual´ police presence located in Vista Alegre. A similar operation has been on trial in Malaga, making Torrevieja only the second location in Spain to receive this new high tech policing strategy. The virtual police presence consists of a vandal-proof unit that allows citizens immediate access to police assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The new innovative system will allow Spanish citizens, expats and tourists to access a permanent and comprehensive system. The system will be available in a variety of different languages and will also be adapted for people with physical disabilities, as well as visual and hearing impairments.
The new virtual police presence system will be fully operational from August.