An elite team of armed police will protect holidaymakers at some of Spain’s most popular resorts. The Spanish elite Guardia Civil GRS (reserve and security group) will be stationed in Mallorca for the summer as part of a wider crime repression plan and poor behavior powered by alcohol.
Some of the group’s 30 members will use binoculars to scan the beaches from the rooftops of seaside hotels to ensure the safety of tourists at resorts such as Magaluf, Palma Nova and neighboring Santa Ponsa, reports the Ultima Hora . The unit, which normally handles drug busts and major crime incidents, will also patrol the streets after the sun goes down, with their presence used to deter anti-social and excessive behavior.
Other officers will operate roadblocks and track the movements of suspect vehicles. The team is armed with Sig Sauer 553 assault rifles and Heckler & Koch USP Compact semi-automatic pistols, and uses technology including a fast database for tracking identities and license plates.
Four million euros are being invested in Magaluf as part of a massive resort upgrade and a wide range of measures designed to rid the resort of its party image and control alcohol-based tourism . The Ultimahora Accompanied by officers on patrol and reports: “Magaluf changes a giant step, digisits, and the presence of these men in black in its streets underpin this commercial and social transformation.
“As night falls, some British slightly damaged spoil on a terrace. But when they see GR pass, they stop shouting and sitting.”
The rollout comes after Spain’s tourism chief Fernando Valdes warned that seriously high tourists were no longer welcome in Spain and he called for a step change within the industry to ban excessive alcohol consumption by vacationers and episodes of antisocial behavior. He said, “It won’t be easy, but enough is enough.”
He added that anyone visiting Spain on holiday and wanting to misbehave was not welcome.
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