Councillors in Mijas are urging the central government to set up a National Police station in the municipality to help improve services for residents. Currently Mijas does not have coverage by National Police and residents have to go to neighbouring Fuengirola when they need to, including to carry out routine tasks link registering as foreign residents, renewing NIE or DNI cards, and getting Spanish passports.
The council says that just one National Police station covering the 180,000 residents of the two municipalities leads to long waits for appointments to process administrative documents.
One proposal being put forward is for the National Police to open a satellite office in Mijas municipality to handle requests for paperwork. Councillors say that Mijas needs more support as it has a population of 85,000 people and covers 150 square kilometres, with three main centres of population and some 200 outlying housing developments.