IQBAL SINGH AtoZ Paris France —
France is to introduce a “new approach” to community policing that aims to combat anti-social behaviour and lower tensions in many high-crime areas of the country, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Thursday.
President Emmanuel Macron promised a new local police force during his election campaign last year, part of a plan to add 10,000 officers to the police ranks during his five-year term.
Tensions over alleged police brutality and heavy-handed tactics were a theme of the 2017 election after the alleged assault of a man during his arrest north of Paris which left him with severe anal injuries.
Collomb ruled out creating a separate force to patrol the streets in France’s poorest neighbourhoods, but he announced new resources for 30 priority areas and measures to enable police to spend more time on the beat.
Several rough suburbs outside Paris will be granted 15 to 30 extra officers, including Aulnay-sous-Bois, where there were protests against alleged