Gérald Darmanin details the distribution of additional police and gendarmerie personnel

The Minister of the Interior has declared that the allocation of additional staff will be increased in the next two years, in view of the Rugby World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Gérald Darmanin detailed on Tuesday the distribution between police and gendarmerie of the additional staff (8,500) provided for in the orientation and programming law (Lopmi) which will be debated at first reading in the Senate in early October.

Hearing by the Law Commission of the National Assembly, the Minister of the Interior specified that 52% of his additional staff would be assigned to the national police and 48% to the national gendarmerie.

The majority of these additional staff will be assigned during the first two years – the law being a five-year programming law – to meet the security challenges of the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Olympic Games in 2024.

The Minister underlined that the government would place “particular emphasis on public transport, particularly in the Paris region”.

To do this, a “single directorate of the police and the gendarmerie will be created and the number of staff will be reinforced in the large cities”.

An audit of police reform

Responding to questions about the disputed reform of the national police which particularly affects the judicial police, Mr. Darmanin announced an audit of the experiments in progress overseas and in mainland France.

This audit mission entrusted to the General Inspectorate of Administration (IGA) and the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) will report its conclusions by the end of the year. It had been demanded” by the police union organizations during their meeting with the minister.

The reform is due to come into force at the start of 2023. Gérald Darmanin also repeated that the reform was “not going to abolish the specialized offices and brigades”. He also assured that it would not be used to increase the presence of the police on the public highway. “It’s about redoing the modernity of the police,” insisted the minister.

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