Permanent co-ordination group of security bodies agreed
During the week Adeje, with the Government delegate Elena Máñez Rodriguez, hosted a meeting of the different security bodies. Also present were the general head of the Guardia Civil in the Canaries, Juan Miguel Arribas, and the Tenerife south national police commissioner, Eloy Román Rodríguez, as well as representatives of the local police in Adeje.
The session dealt with a number of on-going and current issues, and talked in detail about the need for co-ordination and better security in Adeje as the main challenges to be faced. There was also mention of the creation, in the future, of a service or an office dedicated to the needs of foreign visitors. The meeting heard that in recent months there had been a drop in crimes reported across the board, something welcomed by both the government delegate and the Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, “although we are never happy when any crime is committed”, he clarified. He added, “The better figures are a result of the work by the men and women of the security forces in the borough”. He also said that the work of the local and national police and the civil guard was to promote social harmony too among all residents and visitors, something vital for the good of the tourist industry. “No tourist chooses Adeje because we offer top security, but they won’t return if it is lacking”, he added.
Other matters discussed included the number of vacant homes and premises in tourist zones currently occupied by squatters, the intrusion caused by PRs on the streets, and the need for more police in both the national police and civil guard teams in Adeje and South Tenerife – the mayor said there was currently a need for at least 120 more agents to meet daily demands.
There was agreement across the board on the important issues, and on the use of co-ordination tools to improve the overall security in the region. The creation of a permanent co-ordinating body was approved by all with representation from all three of the operational security forces, to meet once a week. The mayor commented that “up to now the co-ordination that has existed has worked well, with good fluid communications between all the security forces, but we have decided to create this permanent body which will serve to improve security overall in terms of services and attention to the public”.
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