Local Chief of Police Dismissed

Gran Canaria

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The mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, explained yesterday that "the loss of confidence" in the former head of the Local Police, Carlos Saavedra Brichis, was the trigger for his dismissal and immediate replacement by Carmen Delia Martín.

The justification for the removal is based on nine arguments, among which are cited as main reasons, "disobedience to verbal and written orders that were given, ostensibly and repeatedly" and the fact that "threats, veiled in some cases and expressed in others, to other public institutions aimed at obtaining the suspension of acts, events or actions planned by the Council for the benefit of its citizens, without providing alternatives or possibilities to allow overcoming possible obstacles.