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A police union has been threatened with disciplinary action after posters displaying half-naked women were used to advertise its Christmas dinner.

One of them shows a police woman in a provocative pose, the other two semi-naked women.

Both advertised a dinner on behalf of the Professional Union of Local Police and Fire (SPPLB) in Valencia but the city council was far from impressed.

It asked the union to withdraw the posters, saying they were “very unfortunate and macho” and unfitting for the security forces which should be setting an example “in the struggle for equality.”

Councillor for citizen protection Anaïs Menguzzato said the images on the posters were “very lamentable”. She has called on the union to apologise and not to portray women as any sort of entertainment.

She says Valencia city council will continue to do all it can to combat gender violence and macho images.

The Equality Commission of the city will now consider what action to take against the union.

In a statement, the SPPLB says it did not organise the dinner but had liaised with another company to provide its members with the opportunity to attend the event if it so wished.

The union itself had used a poster showing a singer to publicise the night but the company had issued the two other posters afterwards.

They agreed the content was unsuitable and inappropriate and in no way reflected the union’s values.

The SPPLB said it worked day in, day out to promote equality within the services and eradicate prejudices.