Trade unions increase pressure after police car fire

0
Trade unions increase pressure after police car fire
COMPLETELY INCINERATED: The officers escaped the flames in the nick of time Photo credit Twitter

TWO police trade unions, the SPPLB and the SPPM have criticised the condition of Elche’s police car fleet after one caught fire earlier this week, nearly killing two police officers.

The fire occurred shortly after 9.00am on Tuesday morning as the officers concluded the school support service and headed to the hamlet of Atzavares.

They began to smell gas and smoke began to billow from the car.

Within seconds, the car was engulfed in flames and the officers were unable to extinguish the fire with their extinguisher, calling for assistance from firefighters.

The car was completely incinerated.

The SPPLB and the SPPM say this incident brings light to a serious problem – some of Elche’s police cars should have been replaced years ago, with a number of them exceeding 700,000 miles on the clock.

Councillor Jose Perez has hit back, confirming that there are 13 new police cars on order to arrive at the end of this month, but the unions say that these vehicles were ordered last year and the time that it has taken for the process to be completed could have cost the two officers their lives.

The unions also say that the needs of Elche’s police go beyond its fleet of cars – officer’s uniforms having not been replaced for two years and one officer even reporting having had to stick his boots together with tape whilst he waited weeks for a new pair.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

We welcome comments from readers on our website and across our social networks. We invite you to discuss issues and share your views and we encourage robust debate and criticism provided it is civil.

However we reserve the right to reject or edit comments that:

• Contain offensive language
• Include personal attacks of any kind
• Are likely to offend or target any ethnic, racial, nationality or religious group
• Are homophobic, transphobic, sexist, offensive or obscene
• Contain spam or include links to other sites
• Are clearly off topic
• Impersonate an individual or organisation, are fraudulent, defamatory of any person, threatening or invasive of another’s privacy or otherwise illegal
• Are trolling or threatening
• Promote, advertise or solicit the sale of any goods or services

You grant us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide licence to republish any material you submit to us, without limitation, in any format.