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Policing from the skies of Marbella

One of the trained officers at the presentation on Wednesday.
One of the trained officers at the presentation on Wednesday. / Josele-Lanza
  • The local police force will be the first in Spain to use paramotors to tackle crime and help with rescue operations

Marbella’s first paramotor police patrol unit was presented on Wednesday as part of the town’s aims to crack down on town planning violations and illegal dumping.

The idea was originally floated last year, however there was initial resistance from Malaga airport bosses over a possible danger to aircraft. These difference have since been cleared up and the Local Police are now able to, in addition to the aforementioned duties, patrol beaches at busy times of year, oversee traffic problems and look for missing people.

These officers will be able to assess situations from between 150 and 300 metres above ground and participate in rescue operations.

This unit is the first of its kind in Spain and will be fully operational at the start of September. It consists of two motors, purchased by the council at the end of June at a cost of 6,500 euros, and two trained pilots.