Marbella’s local police take to the sky
By Oliver McIntyre MARBELLA’S local police will soon be patrolling from the sky, with two officers on the force to be outfitted with motor-powered paragliders.
The town hall says the two paragliders will not be used for routine patrolling but in specific situations such as for search and rescue operations along the coast or in inland zones, or for carrying out certain types of environmental and town planning inspections.
“This is a tool that has been successfully used by police in other countries and that is very suitable for a town like ours, with 27 kilometres of coastline,” said councillor Javier Porcuna last week.
The two officers who willTfly the paragliders are both licensed for their use. In fact, the officers themselves have
All of the equipment and preparations are now in place, awaiting only the delivery of the wings, which are being printed with town hall and police logos, said Sr Porcuna.
The town hall has also received the green-light from Spanish airports operator AENA and the country’s air safety agency, AESA, which both confirmed the town meets the requirements for use of the paragliders after it was delisted from Málaga airport’s official zone of influence over a year ago.providedthemotors,withthe town hall purchasing the parahe paragliders are expected chute-like wing of the parato come into use sometime durgliders. ing September.
Marbella's paragliding policemen are ready for action