IN recent years the Ministry of the Interior has encountered serious problems in covering Policia Nacional vacancies in Cataluña.
The process towards independence discouraged applications for postings but the situation deteriorated further after thousands of officers were sent to Cataluña to prevent the unauthorised independence referendum.
Two years later new recruits have to be “practically dragged there” according to police sources.
Nor are there financial incentives, as a Cataluña posting adds less than €80 a month to a Policia Nacional officer’s paypacket, unlike the Basque Region where they earn an extra €300.
Last month, 2,593 Policia Nacional officers finished their training but only eight of the 500 who passed out with the highest marks chose to go to the region.
Rejection of Cataluña is only equalled by reluctance to go to Ibiza and Menorca although for very different motives.
There are no political problems on the islands and no rejection of Policia Nacional officers by the local population. Instead, their reasons are entirely financial owing to the high price of accommodation in the holiday destinations.