MPs increase the budget of the police and the gendarmerie - The Canadian
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MPs increase the budget of the police and the gendarmerie

Police in Nice on October 24, 2020. – SYSPEO / SIPA

The demands of the law enforcement unions were partly heard. The deputies especially gave Tuesday evening, a boost in favor of the investigation sector in the police and the gendarmerie. The National Assembly thus granted him an envelope of around thirty million euros, during the vote of the 2021 budget of the “security” mission.

The hemicycle adopted a government amendment providing around twenty million euros the bonus “Judicial police officer” to enhance the investigation sector in the police and a dozen million for bonuses and allowances in the gendarmerie in favor soldiers carrying out judicial police missions and supervisory responsibilities. Gérald Darmanin had promised before the police unions, at the beginning of October, measures for this sector reputed today to be the object of a disaffection of the police officers and gendarmes.

Consensus of deputies

“This amendment contains measures that go in the right direction [..] even if I consider that we could go further, ”underlined LR MP Eric Ciotti. Unions and agents in the sector regularly highlight the heaviness of the profession and the complexity of the criminal procedure to explain the crisis of vocations around the professions of the “judicial police”.

The adoption of credits for the benefit of the police (+1.58% to 11.14 billion) and the gendarmerie (+0.45 to 9 billion), was made in the relative consensus of the hemicycle, the government attracting the praises of its majority and the polite abstention of the oppositions which have welcomed, like the socialist Hervé Saulignac, “efforts that we recognize”. Between 2010 and 2020, the appropriations of the police thus increased by 25% and those of the gendarmerie by around 17%, according to the report of deputy Romain Grau.

Replacement of one in four vehicles

While staff costs represent 91% of the appropriations of the “National Police” program and 86% of the “National Gendarmerie” program, proportions deemed regularly excessive by the Court of Auditors, the 2021 budget makes an effort to the level of resources devoted to equipment, against a background of persistent malaise among the police. Thus 530 million (+250 million) are budgeted for the vehicle fleet of the very aging ministry and must, according to Beauvau, allow the replacement of one in four vehicles.

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