Protest over 'third-world' police station
By Samantha Kett AT LEAST 50 members of the public joined a protest outside the National Police station in Dénia this week calling for its chief, Antonio Cabeza, to resign.
The demonstration was called by the Spanish Police Confederation (CEP) and the Federal Police Union ( UFP), who claim the station in Dénia is 'third-world'.
The furniture and material is 'old' and Cabeza 'never orders any new ones', and the 'poor atmosphere' means performance has dropped, the unions claim.
Only one officer is on hand to take reports from members of the public, who have to wait 'two, three or four hours'.
Staff representatives have called for their bosses in Valencia to carry out 'psycho-social tests' among the Dénia force to 'prove' they are not firing on all cylinders – and even say Cabeza is behind the statue of their patron saint, the Custodian Angels, bought after an officer whip-round, having gone missing.
But the Professional Police Union (SPP) defends Dénia's chief, saying accusations made by the other staff 'had to be retracted in court' when challenged.