Benidorm police get hybrid additions

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POLICE GET HYBRID ADDITIONS
ON THE BEAT: Keep a watch out for the quieter hybrids in town, Photo credit: Ayuntamiento de Benidorm

BENIDORM police have enhanced their fleet of patrol cars with three new hybrid vehicles.

Not only will they have these extra vehicles, the specialist ‘atestados e informes’ (Witnesses and statements) police van used when on-the-scene investigations take place that has been off the road for some months will be replaced at the end of the summer.

The new cars were presented by the Mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez, Councillor Lorenzo Martinez and Chief of Police, Juan Fuertes in the company of other members of the local authority.

Mayor Pérez said that the two of the three new patrol vehicles – leased with help from Banco Santander – will be seen as part of the fleet immediately taking the total number of cars serving Benidorm to 18.   He highlighted that they come complete with all the latest technology and that by incorporating hybrid vehicles the municipality can contribute to the environment with lower carbon emissions.

Other measures announced include future plans to renew the police motorbikes and increase the overall numbers of local police with an extra 20 senior officers to come through internal promotion.

The union that represents the local police and firefighters in Benidorm (SPPLB) welcomed the additional vehicles but described them as only a first step in solving the many outstanding issues surrounding police equipment and uniforms.

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