The new night patrols introduced by the Calvia town council on March 1 have made 18 arrests in a fortnight. This is “substantially higher than the number of arrests made in any two weeks before the new unit came into operation,” a spokesman said yesterday. Eight to nine officers now patrol the streets at night in all the built up areas of Calvia, on a shift which goes from 10pm to 7am. The unit is headed by Inspector Jaime Marcó, who yesterday confirmed that the night patrol had made 18 arrests since March 1. Eight of the arrests were for drunk driving, four for robbery and two for causing bodily harm. A further two people were arrested on drugs trafficking charges, and two more for damage to private property. Marcó said that the results were due to a greater police presence in the streets which means “more prevention and citizen security.” During the two weeks, the night patrol unit has answered 57 telephone calls, 30 of which were urgent and were dealt with in less than ten minutes. Marcó said that two more officers would join the unit in April, and probably six more in May, with a view to reinforcing security for the high season.

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