MADRID (REUTERS/AFP) - Two British police officers are helping to patrol some of the most raucous resorts on Spain's Balearic Islands this month in an attempt to encourage British holidaymakers there to behave themselves.
The Balearics are among the most popular foreign holiday destinations for British holidaymakers in search of reliably hot weather. Spanish police often have to deal with bad behaviour by drunken British and other foreign tourists.
The British embassy in Madrid said the police officers, a sergeant and a constable from the West Midlands force in central England, would patrol in Magaluf on the island of Majorca this week and San Antonio on Ibiza next week.
They are wearing the traditional British uniform including the hard hats and patrol with Spanish colleagues.
"The presence of UK police officers will help to remind British holidaymakers of the importance of respecting local laws and customs," said Simon Manley, Britain's ambassador to Spain, in a statement.
British officers will also help their Spanish colleagues in cases where the victims or suspects of crime are British. Both British "bobbies" both of speak Spanish, according to a correspondent.
Magaluf in Majorca attracts hundreds of thousands of British tourists each year, lured by the promise of easy sex and plentiful alcohol, while San Antonio also has a reputation for hedonism.
The two-week trial is aimed at helping the Spanish police in investigations where British citizens are involved whether as victims, witnesses or offenders, the West Midlands police force said.
Magaluf, where some 85 per cent of holidaymakers are Britons or Irish nationals, made global headlines last year after a video showing a young woman performing oral sex on several men on the dance floor of a nightclub went viral.
Local authorities subsequently introduced new rules regulating pub crawls and have also banned "balconing" - jumping from one apartment balcony to another or into a swimming pool - after several deaths in recent years.
Spain carries out international patrols in tourist areas in cooperation with police from Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Morocco, according to the Guardia Civil.
The joint patrols were initiated at a moment of tension between Britain and Spain over the question of jurisdiction in territorial waters around Gibraltar, which is claimed by both countries.
The latest spat erupted on Sunday when a Spanish customs vessel and helicopter chased suspected drug smugglers onto a beach in Gibraltar, in what London denounced as a "clear violation of of UK sovereignty".