Respect for the curfew: why the passage to 11 p.m. complicates the task of the police

Remind people of the rules in force, invite people to return home and only verbalize the recalcitrant. These are the instructions, very theoretical, disseminated in recent days to the police and gendarmerie as France has entered a new phase of deconfinement. “The lifting of the curfew at 9 pm on June 9 has changed the situation, observes Grégory Joron, of the SGP Police union. The younger generation, and not just her, have a hard time going to bed once the night has started and the blood alcohol level has risen. “

“In this context,” he explains, “the police, as they have been doing since the start of the crisis, must exercise good judgment in order to intervene only if large-scale disturbances to public order. occur “.

Even if it means turning a blind eye to the slightest breaches of the regulations? “There is no letting go, replies a security source from the Ministry of the Interior. Checks are still being carried out, more than 30,000 just for the day of last Friday. We must remain vigilant ”.

Night staff less provided than during the day

Especially when the evacuations of clandestine popular parties, organized in defiance of barrier gestures against Covid-19, degenerate into incidents, as was the case on the lawn of the Invalides in Paris, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 June in the evening.

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“Nothing has been easy for the police since the first confinement, weighs Stanislas Gaudon, deputy secretary general of the Alliance union. This final straight line still poses problems and once again exposes the police to risks. But when we hear some epidemiologists worrying about the spread in France of the Indian variant, it does not make you want to open the floodgates prematurely. And then, even if it is not pleasant, the French are no longer within two weeks… ”.

On the ground, this curfew at 11 p.m. seems however complicated to enforce. In particular because of the night staff, less provided than during the day. “The 5 pm – 11 pm time slot corresponds to the peak of activity of the police on their traditional emergency police missions,” adds Thierry Clair, deputy general secretary of the Unsa Police union. Despite everything, there is no question for the moment of considering a lifting of the rule before June 30, date set by the government.

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