MADRIDS, India— It’s a good thing Madrid’s walls are still standing, because it means the city’s police are keeping the streets free from gangs.
But there’s no guarantee the city will keep them as long as its police force remains largely understaffed, a problem that’s worsened since January’s deadly attack on a security checkpoint near the city wall.
In the wake of that attack, the city has reduced the number of police officers in the central district of Chatsworth and instituted a series of measures, including an emergency lockdown to combat gang-related crime.
Madrid’s police force also has been expanding in the past year, bringing in several hundred additional officers, who are supposed to maintain the wall’s integrity and prevent gang activity.
But since January, tensions between the city and its most violent gangs have escalated, and the police force is now in the process of filling a vacant position with an experienced police officer.
In an interview with The Next Tech, Police Chief Fernando Caceres said the new officer was selected to fill a post that was vacant for six months due to the gang attacks.
“He was an experienced officer.
He was in a position to do the job,” Cacere told The Next Technology.
“I believe that he will be able to bring a lot of good to the department.”
Caceres added that the department will continue to implement new measures to keep the city safe.
He noted that gang members often use the city walls as hiding spots, and he has directed the city to implement a number of measures to protect the wall.
Cacere did not address whether the department would be replacing the officer or bringing in a new one.
But in an email to The Next Silicon, a spokesperson for the police department said the department was “currently in discussions with the department about the replacement of an officer.”
The department’s previous chief, Fernando Tocci, who left the post after the April 2016 attacks, was removed after his term expired in February.
In the wake.
of that announcement, Cacerea said the city would be hiring a new police officer, who will be trained by the police academy.
In a statement to TheNextTech, Cacres said Tocco’s removal was unrelated to the violence.
“I am very satisfied that we have had no incidents related to this police officer,” Cacrea said.
“It is unfortunate that the news media has used this to further spread false and malicious information, and has chosen to blame the victim,” he added.
“The investigation is being conducted by the state government and is being handled in the strictest of respect and transparency.”
While the city police have increased their presence, the number and size of those on duty have shrunk.
As of early March, there were only 537 police officers on duty in the city, down from 637 in the same time period a year earlier, according to Cacercas.
While the number has declined, there are some who say the department is still not doing enough to protect its walls.
“This is one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the country.
It is very important to have these walls,” said Shri Ramesh Kumar, a lawyer and member of the community of the city.”
There is a fear that if these walls are breached, the entire city could become a ghost town.
If this happens, there will be a lot more killings.
There are no other options than to have the wall destroyed,” he told TheNext Tech.
For many, the issue is not one of a lack of police protection, but of an overworked, underfunded force.
In March, the government announced an emergency fund of $10 million for the wall and related projects.
“You can’t even see them.
They have no security cameras, no cell phones, no fire extinguishers.
They are like an animal,” said Arun Jain, a resident of the northern part of the walled town.
Jain is also a member of a local group called Chatswall Residents Against Violence, which has protested against the lack of security at the walls.
Jain is now among the 300 people who are expected to gather at the wall on May 1 to protest against the police’s lack of action.
In some neighborhoods, the walls have become makeshift memorials to victims of the April attacks, some with candles and pictures of victims taped to the walls, others with cardboard and wood and one even featuring a poster reading, “The Wall is here.
Please respect its integrity.”
On the wall, there is no sign of the families of the dead.
The wall is decorated with flowers and pictures, but most of the walls that have been damaged or destroyed remain boarded up.
A poster outside the wall reads: “We are not criminals, but we are criminals.
We want justice.”
Police say they have arrested at least 70 gang members in connection with