THE ten Benidorm local police officers hired at Easter to reinforce the city’s high summer season services have not had their contracts extended by the Generalitat.
Benidorm City Council is shocked that the officers’ contracts have not been extended, but is doing all it can to recruit the officers into some of the vacant positions at the local police station so the force “is not impacted by the departure of these officers” said Councillor of Public Safety Lorenzo Martinez.
The officers initially signed a six-month contract and were responsible exclusively for the surveillance of the city’s beaches. The intention was for the officers to remain in the force “until the end of the year to provide the greatest possible number of officers to our local police, in light of the staff shortages they are currently experiencing.”
Martinez said that the officers could be recruited into some of the vacant positions at the local police station and provide a buffer, as regional lawmakers contemplate the mandatory retirement of police officers at age 60 in 2018.
He continued, making comparisons with a similar situation in 2011, when the Generalitat extended the contracts of the temporary local police officers:
“We are stunned and we wonder how it is possible that there is no extension of these agents, especially with the situation in which we are faced with a large deficit of agents and with alert 4. It is a worse situation than that of 2011.”