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a cheap competition and too short training?  – RT in French

Recruitments at a level of knowledge worthy of a college student, training reduced to eight months to promote recruitments over a five-year term and the poorly endowed Ile-de-France area: this is the alarming landscape depicted by a survey of the Parisian.

According to newspaper information The Parisian, the new police recruits in Ile-de-France would no longer meet the requirements of yesteryear. To explain this phenomenon, the Ile-de-France daily puts forward several hypotheses.

Firstly, well-rated police officers choose assignments that bring them closer to their department of origin, more often in the provinces … the less well-rated having no other choice but to turn to the Paris region, which consumes a lot of new recruits due to frequent requests for transfers to the province from more seasoned police officers.

Second, the recruitment evaluation grids have been “revised downwards in recent years” in order to avoid eliminatory errors such as forgetting a signature or a date on a report.

In addition, a pressing need for staff has been felt since the end of Nicolas Sarkozy’s mandate as President of the Republic and, if in 2012 one candidate in 50 was accepted in the competition, the ratio had fallen to one in five by 2013 , still according to this same source. The Parisian specifies that 10 times more positions were created at the same time, but for the same number of applicants.

Result: the average score of successful candidates in the competition drops significantly each year. It went from 12.9 to 11.43 between 2018 and 2019, according to our colleagues.

Reduced training, worrying behavior and level of knowledge

Worse, according to this same survey, the behavior and the intellectual level of the national police officers is not as good any more: a member of the jury confides that “for two years”, the marks of 7 or 8/20 are sufficient to enter the police. Data that a police unionist had already admitted to RT France in 2018.

The jury member interviewed by The Parisian specifies: “7/20 is college level.[…] Students who have committed offenses have even been admitted. ”

In addition, a trainer interviewed by the Ile-de-France newspaper underlines: “Some of the trainees do not know how to express themselves clearly. They easily lose their way and become aggressive in a discussion because they do not have sufficient language to argue. ”

On the other hand, the training, which was 12 months previously, was reduced to eight months in June 2020. Minister Darmanin himself acknowledged in December before the National Assembly that it was a “Fundamental error”.

Trainers interviewed by The Parisian also deplore: “We even reduced the theoretical training from 12 months to eight months, it allows to gain one or two promotions over a five-year term. It defies all pedagogical rules, there is no longer any quality of learning. “

A trainer of the national police with several decades on the counter interviewed by RT France in June 2020 also pointed to the lack of listening to the base in the matter on the part of the legislators: “The problem, I’ll tell you: when the elected officials come to take a tour in our training centers, the environment is sterilized around, we can not even approach them. They have no real feedback from the field during these visits. The senators, if they want to see how it goes, they come equipped with us on the ground in anonymous form. As in Live my life, you see … They will be copiously insulted with us, as happens every day. There, at least, it will not be fictitious. […] The main problem is the very functioning of the administration: a police boss sees his premium increase when his guys are in the field or when they do shooting training, but the physical exercise of the civil servant, the self- defense, running, push-ups, on the other hand, it does not advance exceptional performance bonuses. So these training sessions are not privileged. ”

No vocation crisis?

If the investigation of Parisian argues that there would be no vocation crisis, however this was not the point of view of the former secretary general of Unsa-Police, Philippe Capon, interviewed by RT France in June 2018: ‘Today’ Today, the Interior Ministry even finds itself in difficulty to be able to recruit police officers. Proof of this is that they had to launch a large advertising campaign with significant funds (we are talking about one million euros) to be able to bring young people into the national police force and recruit young police officers. The vocation of young people to become police officers, which was very important after the events of January 2015, has fallen back very strongly. It is nevertheless a sign that this profession which was supposed to attract has constraints such that the interest for young people is to do another profession. ”

Should the cases of misuse of force that have hit the headlines and damaged the image of the daily police or the management of law enforcement should be re-read in the light of this additional information? What part of the responsibility will legislators, successive governments and administration orderers assume in this current state of affairs? To be continued…

Antoine Boitel