Cops caught short in toilet roll crisis

Police in the southern Spanish port city of Cádiz have bemoaned the 'uncomfortable situation' of having no toilet paper in their headquarters and are urgently awaiting supplies.

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Crimefighters in Cádiz are struggling with a serious toilet paper shortage. Photo: GorillaSushi/Flickr

Officers in the city of Spain were facing the "unsustainable" circumstances of having no toilet paper in their bathrooms, Diario De Cádiz newspaper reported on Friday.

Police union SUP broke the news to media outlets after receiving complaints about barren bathrooms in offices of the provincial headquarters of Spain's National Police force.

Officers at the headquarters have been forced to deploy alternative tactics, including "the use of baths".

After a week of waiting for replacement rolls, officers could hold on no longer and expressed their grievances to union members who contacted the provincial chief commissioner, Juan Carreto Enrique.

The top cop was unable to solve the "uncomfortable situation" and called on Cádiz's Secretary General, Guillermo Moreno, to help clean up the mess.

But according to Francisco Camacho, the police union's local Secretary general, "we still have no toilet paper in our Cádiz facilities".

Camacho could not confirm whether the sticky situation was an isolated problem or if it had spread to other stations in the city.

Official National Police force sources  acknowledged the shortage of toilet paper but stressed that it was a "temporary problem" .

A change in supplier has been blamed for the unsanitary situation.

The contract with the distributor previously in charge of toilet roll logistics was cancelled but the replacement arrangement has yet to be finalized.

One thousand new rolls have been ordered but police may need to wait for up to a month before the delivery arrives.

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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.