THE Federal Union of Police (UFP) in Valencia Region has demanded the “urgent” opening of a National Police station in Torrevieja.
The Union said there was a need for National Police presence in the city where “population quadruples in summer and whose absence affects the security of citizens from other municipalities.”
In a statement, the UFP said: “The lack of a police station of the National Police jeopardises the quality of public safety in the area, since Torrevieja’s needs are covered almost daily by members of the Alicante Provincial Police Station, which has just suffered the loss of professionals to cover other services.”
It continued: “This is an area that goes from 107,000 people to over 400,000 in summer and can suffer the action of organised gangs from Eastern Europe.”
“There are always excuses and obstacles, it is never a priority,” said the union, who explained that currently, “the responsibility for public safety is taken by both the Guardia Civil and the Local Police, both doing a great job despite not having the same powers as the National Police.”
The union said the creation of a National Police station would result in greater security for the public and project a better image of Spain abroad as a significant number of the population in Torrevieja were foreign residents.