Almería council criticised for hiring private security guards to control traffic during Holy Week

The town council of Almería has been criticised for allowing private security officers to take over traffic duties during the Holy Week parades as there aren’t enough local police officers to cope.

Five unions filed a joint complaint when the situation became apparent.No-one seems sure why the private security people were assigned to traffic duties, but it seems someone has a photo. Nor does the complaint mention if they were on the main roads or just on parking duty. Anyway.

According to the unions the local police force has 98 fewer officers than it should have.

The council said that it had hired private security firms to work alongside police officers to ensure public safety during the busy Holy Week, and added that all leave had been cancelled for officers during the processions.

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