Imagine a world without a police force. Imagine that tomorrow the media announce that the police is not able to intervene even only for one hour. How long do you think we will have to wait for before the store windows to explode, shops to be looted and people assaulted? There is no doubt that a world without police would bring us back to a state of insecurity such as could be known in the Middle Ages or even before the generalization of public lighting in the city. The police are indispensable because of its sacred character, it has the monopoly of the attributions to enforce the Public Order. But the French do not like the police, it can be seen at all levels of society, from the street person to the political leader, and this can originate in history and be reinforced by recent political errors.
– As early as the Middle Ages, France underwent repeated popular revolts, which, in the face of strong power, were repressed in blood.
– France is also experienced popular revolts repeatedly with a weaker power, the Storming of the Bastille is a good example. On the morning of the 14th of July, 1789, a thousand men appeared before the Bastille, determined to enter it in order to seize the arms and the gunpowder stored there by the Power. Louis the XVI being to a game of hunting, the military governor of the Bastille (De Launey) has the possibility to stop the riot shooting the crowd, he refused. The Bastille was taken, and a few hours later the head of the De Launey governor made a tour of Paris on a pike.
– A willingness to test the limits of Power, as children test parents to see how far they can go to push back the sanction yet announced in advance.
– With a negative feeling of the people facing the Order and the Authority, the Power is not exempt from all reproaches.
– The fear of the blunders as they occurred at the beginning of the government of Jacques Chirac (1986-1988) Pasqua-Pandraud (death of Malik Oussekine in 1986) leave an indelible imprint in public opinion as well as at the highest Summit of the State.
– The reduction of the public security budgets of the last terms in the face of security needs that have no reason to decrease has put pressure on the law enforcement, which carry out the same missions with less, means less in men and equipment.
– An executive power that minimizes attacks on police officers (the latest example is the burning of a Police car with 4 policemen on board on 08 October 2016 on the sidelines of a prohibited demonstration, the Minister of the Interior called them “brats”.
– The police always on the edge of the razor (who is the police officer who does not spend a week without being suspected of racism by an offender?)
– Disliked, abused, when they do well it is normal, it is thir job, when they are under fire critics and the hierarchy supports little as seen previously.
– And all this results in police demonstrations, even if they are understandable in view of what has just been said, will they improve the image of the Police? Of course, in order to reach such extremities, the degree of exasperation of the police must be maximum.
With stable budget envelope we make the following proposals.
– The strong and repeated political affirmation of the sacralization of the function.
– The function is sacred, men are not, any fault must be sanctioned, no privilege, if there is zero tolerance for criminals there must also be zero tolerance for the police caught at fault. A sanction does not mean being fired, a sanction means that the Power recognizes that a fault has been committed and does not accept it.
– The duty of exemplarity: uniform (including hands in pockets), driving, parking vehicles, everything must show the greatest respect for rules and inspire authority.
– The duty of vigilance, even outside duty hours yes a Policeman is always a Policeman.
– To do this, more training / awareness of the police in … security. Just as the stewards are forbidden to watch the football game in progress, the security agents of the Tour de France are not there to watch the runners but to watch the spectators.
It is at this price that the citizen will regain respect for their Police and for the Authority.