” Finally ! I welcome the vote by the National Assembly of the legislative provisions which pave the way for the creation of a municipal police in Paris. It is the culmination of a work that I have been carrying for two years to strengthen the security of Parisians, ”tweeted this Thursday afternoon the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
The National Assembly has indeed given the first green light to the creation of a municipal police in Paris, during the examination of the bill on “global security”, a “historic” step according to the Minister of ‘Interior Gérard Darmanin.
Darmanin recommends that the municipal police be armed
Opposed to the project in 2014, Anne Hidalgo finally announced in January 2019 her desire to provide Paris with a municipal police armed with batons. “The Parisians are in demand of order, Anne Hidalgo answers it”, justified then Emmanuel Grégoire, his first assistant. The municipal police then became a campaign promise and an issue of the election with the point of division with its competitors: armament, which remains a wish repeated by the LR and LREM deputies in the hemicycle.
Personally, Gérald Darmanin felt that this new municipal police force should be armed, but that it was up to the Council of Paris to decide it and not to the law. With 5,000 police officers by 2024, trained in a Parisian school, the municipal police of Paris should be launched in 2021.
“The municipal police will be truly Parisian”
Their missions: Ensure public tranquility, sanction incivility, combat noise pollution and illegal dumping of garbage. On the equipment side, the municipal police will be equipped with Tonfa sticks, bulletproof vests, tear gas canisters and pedestrian cameras, “which is an element of protection of our agents and the public”, according to Nicolas Nordman , security assistant to Anne Hidalgo. Finally, they will also have flashing lights and uniforms on which will be inscribed, on the back, “municipal police”.
“In Paris, the municipal police will be truly Parisian, like its population in its recruitment and training. Not equipped with lethal weapons, it will be exemplary in its ethics and its local presence in the streets of the capital ”, promised the mayor of Paris in a press release sent this afternoon.