Joaquín Bascuñana, the central government delegate to the Region of Murcia,has been undertaking a number of what are known as "institutional visits", calling on the Mayors of each municipality to discuss security, police matters and other issues. This week it was the turn of the Mayoress of Cartagena and amongst the subjects discussed was the issue of summer security and the all important question of making sure the summer tourists stay happy and safe during the holiday period.
Following the meeting , it was announced that Guardia Civil patrols will be returning to the Mar Menor this summer after an absence of several years.
The maritime patrols are in charge of watching over the safety of bathers by ensuring that the law is obeyed as it is on land: their brief includes alcohol testing of those using boats and jet-skis, checking for operational licences, ensuring safety warnings are obeyed and no animals are on the beach, amongst other things, and the key period for operations will be from the 15th June to the 15th September.
The re-introduction of the patrols has come about as a result of a written request for the Guardia Civil to return to the waters of the Mar Menor by the local mayors. While admitting that it is expensive, the Government Delegate said that it is necessary in order to guarantee citizen safety and ensure that the law is upheld.
Protección Civiol will be watching over 24 lifeguard vigilance posts, with 66 lifeguards, with three ambulances, three jetskis, three quads, three semirigid boats, two rapid intervention vehicles and 2 transporters.
The Policia Local will also have 350 staff, with 50 officers on duty daily, with two local offices, one in Los Nietos and one in La Azohía, as well as the Policia Nacional with 217 agents during July and 202 in August.
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