BEAUVAU – The announcements were eagerly awaited. At the end of the Beauvau de la Sécurité in Roubaix this Tuesday, September 14, the Head of State Emmanuel Macron made several announcements to “think about the police of 2030”.
Possibility of filing a complaint online from 2023, increase in the budget of the Ministry of the Interior, creation of a training center, doubling of the presence of the police in ten years …: here are the main announcements of the president to remember.
Doubling the police presence in ten years
Emmanuel Macron wants “more blue” in the street. The president intends to “double in ten years” the presence on the ground of “police and gendarmes” in France. He also wants “fundamental work to be undertaken so that the life balance of agents and their presence in the field are better combined”.
The Head of State also requested that a reform of the schedules of the security forces be presented at the beginning of the year 2022 to allow an increase in their presence on the ground.
A law presented in 2022
Another important announcement: the drafting of a programming and orientation law for internal security (Lopsi). The Head of State asked the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin to prepare this “Lopsi” for a presentation in 2022, although it cannot be voted on under this five-year term.
Emmanuel Macron also instructed the Keeper of the Seals to initiate a simplification of criminal procedures within the framework of the States General of Justice with the first concrete measures expected within three months.
Police reserve and pedestrian camera
Emmanuel Macron also announced the constitution of an operational police reserve. It will have 30,000 reservists. At the same time, the gendarmerie reserve will benefit from 20,000 additional people.
On a more logistical level, the Head of State wants each civil servant in the field to be equipped with a pedestrian camera by 2022. “15,000 have already been deployed, 15,000 remain to be deployed and will also be deployed in the next few weeks, ”he said. “The cameras are good for action, to prevent violence, but also in the legal follow-up that will be given”, explained Emmanuel Macron in particular.
Creation of a training center
The president also wants to better train police and gendarmes in maintaining order, whose action has been criticized during demonstrations, especially during the “yellow vests” movement. He therefore wants the creation of a “training center” in the near future.
This establishment, based in the Paris region, will be like the one already existing for the gendarmes in Saint-Astier, in the Dordogne, said the head of state.
Complaints online from 2023
Emmanuel Macron also announced that it would be possible to file a complaint online from 2023.
“I want the online complaint to be implemented as early as 2023 and not just the pre-complaint as is the case today,” he said. In this context, I hope that a follow-up will be possible for the victims with referrals to whom to contact within the police and dedicated digital applications ”.
“Control” the police
This is an announcement that had already been revealed Monday, September 13 by the Élysée. Emmanuel Macron wants the establishment of “a parliamentary control body for the police”.
“We must tend to blamelessness (…) When there are faults, they must be punished, when we love our police, we do not pass everything to them”, underlined the head of the State.
“That is why I will propose to the presidents of the parliamentary chambers that, on the model of the parliamentary delegation to intelligence, be created a parliamentary control body of the police which will be able to evaluate their action”.
He also announced that the IGPN and IGGN reports would now be “made public”.
500 million euros in 2022
To implement all these measures, President Macron has finally announced an additional budget of 500 million euros in 2022. An extension compared to the increase of 900 million announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex at the end of July.
In total, the budget of the Ministry of the Interior will increase by 1.5 billion euros in 2022, announced the head of state.
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