La Cala residents call for a new police station amid safety concerns

Maldonado, centre, presenting the new dog unit.
Maldonado, centre, presenting the new dog unit. / I.G.
  • After the recent spate of arson attacks, locals feel the need for security to be stepped up in the Mijas Costa area

Fed up of what they consider a "lack of security" in the municipality, and following the recent spate of fires affecting cars, property and containers, residents in Mijas Costa, and especially those in La Cala, joined voices on Wednesday to ask the town hall to give over a plot of municipal land to build a new police station.

President of the La Cala residents' association, Francisco Javier Sepúlveda, told SUR that meetings have been held with police union representatives during which he was told that this was "the perfect moment" to build a police station there.

He added: "Not only would the new station improve vigilance and increase residents' safety, but it would give locals a place to carry out the administrative procedures for which we would otherwise have to go elsewhere."

Sepúlveda also highlighted how the complexity of Mijas municipality, with both inland and coastal settlements, complicated work for the law enforcement agencies and that a new police station would improve procedures and urged the town hall to take this proposal to the council "as soon as possible".

This appeal to the town hall came on the same day that the mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, presented the Local Police's new dog unit at the El Albero school.

"This is the latest step in helping our officers do their job to the best of their abilities," he said. "In partnership with the Guardia Civil, we aim to crack down on drug trafficking."

He added that if all went well, the number of animals could be increased.