Members of the Balearic local police forces outnumber those serving in the state police, the Guardia Civil and National Police, by 1'800 and, according to the director general of the Home Office, Antoni Torres, local mayors are having to turn to the state for financial aid in order to cover the costs of more local police, who are needed to meet the demands of the ever growing population. Torres travelled to Palma yesterday to attend the inuaguration of the Palma Police School and participate in the XIV Local Police Co-ordination and Development summit. The director general said that while the demands on the local police are growing each year, in some cases the local police are doing the jobs other forces should be doing. Torres fully appreciates that the local police in the Balearics have a heavy workload with the force having to operate under pressure during the summer.

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