- The Redovan municipal police force has 13 posts covering the public safety service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The staff of the Local Police has been consolidated with two selective processes that have been carried out in recent months: a chief officer and two agents with the category of career civil servants. In this way, José Gabriel Martínez takes over from Antonio Ruiz, who retired a few months ago. Martínez, with 21 years of service in the municipality of Redovan, has passed the selection process and, therefore, now officially occupies the post of chief officer.
On the other hand, two police officers who were working as interim officers have won their permanent posts after the selection process that has just ended. In this way, the Redován Local Police now has 13 officers in the absence of a vacancy which will be filled shortly and which corresponds to the post left by the current chief. The Redovan Town Council has made a firm commitment to the job stability of the police force, as the aim is that, little by little, all members of the police force will be career civil servants. That is why the procedures have been initiated to launch a new competition to incorporate these people into permanent positions.
The councillor for Security, Adrián Ballester, has been responsible for presenting these new additions in an appearance in which he stressed “the work done by the Local Police in Redován, because it is a body close to the citizens that in addition to working public safety performs many more tasks such as attending events, attends the entrance and exit of our schools and any situation that arises on the part of our neighbours. Ballester has therefore reiterated the importance of consolidating the positions that were in interim status “so that the main concern of our agents is to ensure the safety of our people”. The officers have been enrolled in the course for new local police officers organised by the Generalitat Valenciana through IVASPE.
24 hours, 365 days
The police force covers the public safety service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and its vehicle fleet includes two hybrid vehicles, equipped with defibrillators, among other things, as well as a moped. Ballester also said that collaboration with other forces such as the Guardia Civil at the nearby Callosa de Segura post is constant “and thanks to this joint work, various important operations have been carried out in our municipality in recent times”,
- The individual was caught with items allegedly stolen from the cars broken into on Sunday morning.
Officers of the Redován Local Police arrested on Sunday afternoon the alleged perpetrator of several robberies with force inside vehicles in the municipality. Some of these criminal acts had taken place in the vicinity of the Via Ferrata de Redován, which had generated alert among the people who come to practice sport in this unique space in the Vega Baja and now they can be calm, because the alleged perpetrator has been captured.
The arrest took place at around seven o’clock on Sunday afternoon, when the agents, after an intense search, found the individual of Algerian origin who is allegedly responsible for several thefts inside vehicles that took place that morning. Apparently, the man took advantage of the fact that the owners were not around to break the windows of the cars and gain access to the interior in order to get hold of personal belongings and any cash he could find. It was the owners of the vehicles who alerted the Local Police, and who also provided the officers with the man’s physical characteristics and clothing.
On the arrival of the patrol, the individual fled on a bicycle along various rural roads, so a search was initiated, which ended in the vicinity of Redován when the police intercepted a person who matched the description provided by the witnesses and who was later confirmed as the alleged perpetrator of the crime. At the time of his capture, the detainee was riding a bicycle in which he was carrying two bags with different construction tools, allegedly used to break into vehicles, two mobile phones, kitchen utensils and 300 euros in cash, which he could not prove his ownership. For all these reasons, he was apprehended by the agents and placed at the disposal of the Guardia Civil for his subsequent transfer to the judicial authority.
Officers from the Redován Local Police have detected this morning a number of allegedly counterfeit sportswear items, which have been found in one of the stalls at their weekly street market. The items seized amounted to almost a hundred sports trousers, 5 sweatshirts and 38 pairs of imitation trainers from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Chanel. The items were immediately removed and transported to police headquarters, which will be used as evidence to initiate legal proceedings against the owner of the street stall.
- The detainee was apprehended while fleeing after forcing his way into the house on Camino de Fortuna to steal a large amount of wiring and various objects
Officers from the Redován Local Police arrested an individual on Tuesday 19 January who allegedly broke into a country house on Camino de Fortuna in Orihuela, located on the border of the municipality with Redován, by forcing the front door. He is charged with an alleged offence of burglary. The events took place last Monday, when the owner of the house surprised the suspect, who was carrying a rucksack on his back. On being surprised, the suspect left the house and fled on foot. The homeowner then alerted the pair of Redován Local Police officers who were in the area at the time carrying out their duties, who located the individual a few metres away and began their pursuit.
The suspect ignored the officers’ orders to stop and tried to escape by entering a nearby orchard where he was immediately intercepted and arrested. After examining the contents of the backpack that the arrested man was carrying, the officers found eight rolls of cable, six metal taps, three stopcocks and a spray gun, materials that the owner confirmed had been stolen from his home. Finally, the detainee was taken to the National Police in Orihuela, where the relevant police procedures were carried out.
The Councillor for Public Safety, Adrian Ballester, thanked the work of the officers and all the staff of the Local Police of Redován in general for the work that has intensified in recent days since “in addition to ensuring the safety of all citizens of our town, they ensure in these difficult times, compliance with the rules to curb the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
Ballester also pointed out that the Redován Local Police “are working with all the means available to them to carry out these tasks of surveillance and control of those places that are included in the regulations, such as municipal parks and gardens and also catering establishments”. The councillor for Citizen Safety also wanted to point out that “the Local Police is at the service of the citizens of Redován”, reminding citizens that they can contact the officers for whatever they need by phoning 608 072 253.
- The City Council will also update the current Municipal Territorial Emergency Plan to deal with possible episodes of storms
Redován Town Council will update the current Municipal Territorial Emergency Plan and will also draw up a new Municipal Flood Action Plan, as announced by the Councillor for Safety and Emergencies, Adrián Ballester. These plans will be drafted by the Senior Technician in Emergency Coordination and Civil Protection who has recently been hired by the Consistory of Redovan through the Emcold programme of the Valencian Employment and Training Service (Labora), a programme to promote employment in collaboration with local corporations, which has been endowed with a grant of 17,777 euros.
The new emergency technician has already joined the staff of the Consistory and will carry out the drafting of these plans during the six months of his contract. In this way, as Ballester has indicated, “we will be prepared to be able to prevent any type of risk in the event of floods, earthquakes or fires, and to deal more efficiently with future emergency situations to avoid possible consequences as far as possible”.
Both the Municipal Territorial Emergency Plan and the Floods Plan will provide a breakdown of all the climatological, environmental, population and infrastructure characteristics of Redován, as well as a description of the possible risks, both natural and man-made, that may occur in the municipality. “It also includes the regulations to be applied in these situations, as well as the structure, organisation and operation of the plan, together with its different phases and procedures for action,” explained the councillor.
In this way, “the municipality of Redován will be better prepared and organised for possible emergency situations, as was the case with the 2019 floods caused by the DANA, which we all remember for their devastating devastation”, explained the councillor for Emergencies, who added that “the Redován Town Council continues to work and prepare various actions and projects in the municipality to deal with future temporary episodes”.
- The deposit of materials such as ash, coal or embers from cookers and fireplaces without being properly extinguished is not permitted and can lead to fines of up to 750 euros
Avoiding the risk of fire is the objective of the Redován Local Police, which warns of the increase in the number of rubbish containers that have been burnt in recent days by the dumping of ashes, coal or embers from cookers and chimneys in the municipality’s homes. As reported by the Councillor for Public Safety, Adrian Ballester, these materials “are being deposited in the rubbish containers without first checking that they are completely extinguished, which increases the risk of fire and the consequent danger to nearby homes, vehicles parked in the vicinity or forest areas,” he explained.
This practice, as well as involving the mobilisation of emergency and fire-fighting resources to extinguish the fire, entails considerable costs for both the Fire Brigade and the Town Council in replacing the damaged containers, since “there have already been four such fires in the last week”, as Ballester indicated. The Local Police reminded the public that the municipal ordinance of coexistence, cleanliness and decoration of the public thoroughfare of Redován establishes the prohibition of “depositing lit materials in rubbish bins and containers”, cataloguing it as an infraction that can lead to sanctions of up to 750 euros together with the obligation to repair the damage caused.
The Councillor for Public Safety wanted to thank the public in advance for their collaboration in this task, adding that, in this way, “situations of risk for everyone can be prevented that can be easily avoided by following some simple instructions”.
From the Local Police Headquarters and the Redován Town Hall we ask for caution when disposing of embers from cookers and fireplaces and not to throw them into the organic waste container, as embers can retain heat for several hours. That is why “it is recommended that we have a bucket or metal container on our terrace or garden where we can deposit the ashes for more than 24 hours, immersing them in water to be completely sure that they cannot ignite and always with the precaution of not inhaling the smoke”, explained the councillor. In the case of the coal, it will be necessary to let it cool down for 48 hours, pouring water over the hot coal and carefully removing it to accelerate the cooling process.