It is a profession in full malaise which will find itself at the heart of the debates. The “Beauvau of security”, major national consultation desired by Emmanuel Macron, is launched Monday to lead to a major programming law of the Ministry of the Interior before the presidential election. For four months, thematic round tables and broadcast live will follow one another to provide solutions to what the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin called the “seven deadly sins” of the police, including relations with the population, the training of police officers or the reform of the police force. But in the ranks of the police, morale is at its lowest.
These are not union words, protesting, but the feelings of the police officers who express their discomfort in the social barometer of the police, a sort of vast internal survey to which 25,000 agents responded. Almost all the indicators are red, especially among the peacekeepers, the bulk of the troops. Only 22% say they are satisfied with their working conditions, while only 35% feel supported by their hierarchy, and 90% deplore a bad social climate in the police.
36% of police officers plan to leave their post within two years
In grievances, everything goes: the feeling of not being recognized, both by the leaders and by the citizens, the bad image with cases of violence, or even the impression of doing unnecessary tasks, such as some static guards.
On the other hand, the higher up in the hierarchy, the less discomfort is expressed. At the top of the pyramid, the commissioners seem much more satisfied. But overall, a figure marks the spirits: all ranks combined, 36% of police officers plan to leave their functions in the next two years.