The mayor has highlighted that the purpose is "to transmit security, tranquility, trust and closeness to those who visit us"
Benidorm hosts the presentation of the 'Safe Summer Plan', which incorporates 225 new police officers in the province
Levante Beach has hosted this noon the presentation of the 'Safe Summer Plan', an act in which the material and human device for this summer season has been announced and which has had the presence of the mayor Toni Pérez, the councillor of Citizen Security, Lorenzo Martínez, the sub-delegate of the Government, Araceli settler, and the provincial commissioner, Manuel Lafuente.
The plan to reinforce security in the province contemplates the incorporation of 225 agents to the staff of the police stations of the province, of which 133 will be in practices of the executive or basic scale and another 92 transferred from other parts of the country. The agents will act mainly in the police stations of Alicante and Benidorm, but also other destinations such as Elche, Elda, Orihuela or Alcoy, municipalities with a large tourist influx.
In this sense, the provincial commissioner has highlighted that the objective of the special device is "to generate objective and subjective security, guarantee security and care for the victims." Manuel Lafuente has also valued "the Foreign Tourist Assistance Service -SATE- that exists in Benidorm, which offers assistance in the language of tourists". Lafuente has also highlighted that with this operation "the investigation into itinerant crime and crimes that affect subjective security is reinforced."
Toni Pérez, for his part, agreed with the curator that the intended goal is to “transmit security, tranquillity, trust and closeness”. He has also underlined that Benidorm "is a place that takes care of people, but we like more to take care of those who take care of people". For this reason, it has meant the importance of the perception of security that tourists have. “Many visitors choose us before for being a safe destination than for the quality of the climate. And that is something that costs effort and resources permanently,” he said.
Pérez has also praised the collaboration between the national and local police "which allows the best results to be obtained".
Regarding the current high season, the mayor has indicated that “since March or April we have been at significant levels of occupation and work. We are possibly the most seasonally adjusted destination in the world, but this does not prevent us from having specific moments of very high occupancy such as from this fortnight until the end of September”. At that point he specified that in Benidorm "We currently serve a population that multiplies by four the number of residents and that must be managed with large operations and a real dimensioning of services". "What we want is for those who visit us to leave happier than when they came in 2019, 2020 or 2021."
On her side, the sub-delegate of the Government has stated that "being in Benidorm today is confirming a return to normality" and she has expressed her conviction that "this summer's figures will exceed those of 2019". “Benidorm is an emblematic place for tourism and we have chosen the city to show that we are prepared and that we welcome everyone with open arms” she added.
Araceli Poblador has also highlighted the role of the National Police "as a friendly body that is there to protect us."