VIDEO – After the attack of police on Saturday in the Essonne, the prime minister has listed, this Tuesday, a number of measures to secure the equipment of the security forces and vehicles in sensitive areas.
After the assault of police officers Saturday at Viry-Châtillon (Essonne), Manuel Valls announced Tuesday new measures for their protection. The police cars in sensitive areas will be equipped with devices anti-caillassage, or even shields. “Concretely, this will take the form of films anti-caillassage on the vehicles, or even armour in some cases,” said the prime minister, during questions to the government at the national Assembly.
on Saturday, police were attacked with Molotov cocktails: two were seriously wounded. The head of government assured that their uniforms will be made fire resistant. “A work on the outfits is going to be undertaken quickly, to ensure that they are fully flame-retardant,” he said.
A “reflection” on the use of mobile cameras “real-time” is also in progress. It will allow “to remotely view the circumstances of the intervention, and the means to deploy reinforcements if necessary”, he stressed.
These new measures had already been outlined by the minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve. According to Manuel Valls, “they are specifically designed to secure vehicles and equipment for patrols general intervening in sensitive areas”. He also pointed out the”extra effort” made in favour of the real estate lending of the police: “they will be going up 15%” as it was already foreseen in the budget 2017. This boost budget will “finance the construction or renovation of new offices. I think of St-Denis, Corbeil-Essonnes and also the Grande-Borne in Grigny”, he said.
These announcements come at a time when a few hundred police officers gathered in silence on Tuesday in front of the police stations in France. They have supported their colleagues attacked this weekend and called for more resources and more firmness. Manuel Valls had already visited Monday at the scene of the assault, and in the three stations of police officers injured.
A deputy security of 28 years, very badly burned during the attack on Saturday, was still under medically induced coma with a “steady state” on Monday night. A guardian of the peace of 39 years was also burned, but is out of danger. Two other policemen were less seriously affected. This team was on a mission of surveillance near a crossroads known for its robberies with violence on motorists.