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The French president said the country was preparing to modernize its police force, increasing the number of boots on the ground while seeking ways to monitor the conduct of law enforcement officers.

Speaking Tuesday at the National Police School in Roubaix, President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to introduce a new law on internal security to help the gendarmerie to modernize until 2030. The speech came after months of consultation with the police on the subject of security and relations with the public.

Macron said he wanted to see aspects of criminal law simplified, saying police and magistrates were wasting time due to complex procedures and the creation of flat-rate fines for illegal occupations of land by Travelers. . The justice ministry had three months to streamline procedures, he said.

Macron also announced the establishment of an online complaints system by 2023. In theory, this decision would remove the need for long appointments at police stations.

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The president also wants to double the presence of the police in public places and announced plans for the creation of a reserve force for the police, which will be composed of 30,000 reservists. In order to meet these new goals, Macron said the Interior Ministry will be granted an additional € 1.5 billion in 2022.

Macron also touched on the creation of a parliamentary oversight body that could provide some level of oversight to oversee the conduct of law enforcement. He insisted that transparency was of the utmost importance.

The national consultation on security has brought together unions, law enforcement, elected officials, magistrates and members of civil society since February. It was launched following the beating and brutal arrest of music producer Michel Zecler last November in Paris.

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