Officer off duty in Mallorca says ‘If you can’t beat em…’

A TABLOID has published Facebook comments it says were made by British police officer PC Martina Anderson, currently on duty in Mallorca with a colleague as part of a trial scheme providing support to Spanish law enforcement in two of the island’s biggest resorts, in which she says she is drunk. The officer was not on duty at the time the comments were reported to have been made.
According to The Sun, PC Anderson commented to a friend that she was “sozzled,” and when asked if she wasn’t supposed to be there to stop people drinking too much, she reportedly replied, “If you can’t beat em…”
The comments have been deleted, said The Sun, since the newspaper contacted Anderson’s force, West Midlands Police.
The 44-year-old officer is on the beat in Magaluf, a resort with a reputation for hard drinking and wild partying, and all the associated results of injury and arrest, which it is trying to turn around.
The trial policing scheme follows initiatives already carried out where the Guardia Civil has worked with international colleagues during the peak holiday season, including police from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Morocco.
But the working times of the British officers received some criticism this week, with their eight-hour shifts taking place between 7am and 10pm described in some newspapers as “a joke,” with local Brits working in bars telling reporters that any trouble tends to happen after midnight.
However, the British Consulate said that the aim of the trial was not just to clean up after fights. A spokesperson said: “They are also involved in prevention work aimed at influencing the night-time economy and visitor behaviour.
“UK officers are liaising with tourist industry stakeholders such as hoteliers, bar and club owners, as well as speaking to the public during the day, in order to seek to prevent crime and disorder from happening, rather than just dealing with it afterwards.”

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