Protest over 'third-world' po­lice sta­tion

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

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.

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