Plain-clothes policemen patrolling city centre
A group of 24 policemen have started patrolling Alicante city centre in order to more easily detect small crimes that take place on a daily basis.
Government spokespeople explain the measure was a frequent request by residents who requested a more efficient way to report smaller crimes such as thefts, cars being broken into or drug dealing near schools.
In order to tackle these issues, the government has allocated up to 24 officers and six police cars to the task.
They will mainly be dressed in plain clothes in order not to alert potential criminals, but they have also been charged with getting to know local residents and buisiness owners so that they can be recognisable should any suspicious behaviour occur.
One neighbourhood association spokesperson explained that 'we are delighted they have come, we have always requested more police presence'.