MIJAS COUNCIL has created a local police force with a special remit to protect the environment, prevent fires and monitor wild animals.
Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, announced the move and said:
“We are taking a further step to improve services for residents, especially in relation to our native species, wildfires, and the environment.”
The new police unit will patrol rural areas in Mijas, assessing the landscape and working with other groups like the Guardia Civil, the Society of Hunters, and other residential associations.
“This new unit will work throughout the year, not only in summer, because it is our intention to protect our environment permanently,” added Mr Maldonado.
Several problems were raised at the group’s first coordination meeting at the local police headquarters in Mijas, e.g. wild animals in streets and the golf courses, and areas that need better cleaning.
The council also intends to boost its Rural Guard with more troops and resources, and is assessing the possibility of providing a number of motorcycles to improve mobility.