International police back up welcomed to Balearics

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Delegacion de Gobierno en Baleares

THE Islands have welcomed police officers from across Europe to give a hand to the Spanish police force during the summer season.
Central government delegate in the Balearic Islands, Teresa Palmer, together with the Colonel Chief of the Guardia Civil, Jaume Barcelo, presented the combined patrol for citizens’ safety, made up by members of international police forces, on Monday at the Hotel Golf Vanity in Port d’Alcudia.
Since July 1, the Spanish police officers have shared their tasks with four members of the German Polizei, three Carabinieri from Italy and two members of the French Gendarmeria, who will stay in different places across Mallorca (mainly in Calvia, Alcudia and Cala Rajada), as well as Ibiza and Formentera until August 30.
This group has come to the area as part of the Safe Tourism Plan 2015, launched by the Government’s Safety Department, which aims to increase safety and also boost international cooperation.
“For the second consecutive summer, I have the pleasure to welcome representatives of foreign police forces to the Islands,” said Ms Palmer. “We wish the Islands to become your home. Apart from your experience, you also have that added value of knowing the language, which makes approaching tourists easier.”
“I have no doubts in the future we will also count British bobbies amongst our officers, as the British market is fundamental for the Balearic Islands, and to make the stay of UK tourists comfortable and positive,” she finished.
Finally, Ms Palmer expressed her condolences to the family of the Guardia Civil officers who died on Friday (July 3) after being run over while on duty.

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