The union representing Guardia Civil officers, who are responsible for investigating crime in Mijas municipality, has called for more support in the face of a wave of fatal shootings affecting the area.
They say there are half as many Guardia Civil staff covering the 150-square-kilometre area of Mijas compared to National Police officers who patrol the much smaller, neighbouring Fuengirola area. "Colleagues are run down, tired and in low spirits, they feel abandoned and with no resources," said a spokesperson.
Meanwhile, a multidisciplinary team headed by National Police officers has been formed to tackle the organised violent crime that has emerged recently and work across a wider area. "We are up against very professional people, they are contract killers that travel round Europe and go where they are called to work," said the head of the unit last week.