Mar­bella’s lo­cal po­lice take to the sky

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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 year­vid­edthe­mo­tors,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

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