POLICE in La Linea are resorting to attending crime scenes in their own cars, because of the dire lack of public funding.
The local police officers are mostly patrolling the town on foot and have even attended crime scenes on the bus.
It comes as it emerged that the town hall has just one police car available, while the majority of staff have not been paid for eight months.
The problems came to a head last week when local police attended a fight in Princess Sofia Park after being alerted by passers-by.
The affray was so out of control that the officers called for support.
But back up arrived in private cars as no other vehicles were available.
“We had to go immediately as we were concerned something fatal might happen if we walked ,” explained one officer.
The PSOE-PA run town hall has been promising two new cars for six months, claims a representative for the local police trade union.
Luis Santamaria, representative of the La Linea Local Police Union (SPLL) explained. “Our police are demonstrating remarkable professionalism and the risks they’re experiencing are unacceptable, as is the risk to our residents.
“We’re asking the government to take urgent steps to end the problem.”
He continued, “We’ve been waiting over six months for resources that haven’t materialised, despite announcements from mayor Gemma Araujo about several new cars that we still haven’t seen. It’s a total neglect of political duty.”
Meanwhile Araujo has promised full co-operation to ombudsman, Soledad Becerril over an official investigation into the town’s dire financial situation.