Malta Police have hailed their new community support project in Mellieha as a great success.
The force said it was now working to extend the policy other towns across Malta and Gozo.
Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar said that the Mellieha pilot project was aimed at addressing issues which concern residents – such as traffic, illegal parking, loud noise and quarrels between neighbours.
The community police scheme, which was launched two months ago, has helped to slash crime in the area, according to senior officers.
Mellieha residents were even given the personal mobile numbers of the town’s four police officers.
Sergeant Gabria Gatt leads the team, PC Charles Azzopardi Refalo focuses on the centre of Mellieha, PC Morgan Cassar Bonnici looks after the south and PC Clayton Scicluna concentrates on the north and east.
In two months:
- The four police officers spent 526 hours on foot patrols
- Two people were arrested
- 170 people were given verbal warnings by police
- 60 parking tickets were issued