This has been Valérie Pécresse's leitmotiv for several years: to bring the police back into transport. She already signed an op-ed in the JDD in 2020 calling for more security in public transport in the Ile-de-France region, weighing against the reduction in the number of national police in the corridors of the metro, has not changed her tune since. A few months before the Olympic Games, the president of the region and Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) has therefore found a subterfuge: to form a partnership with the municipal and communal police of Île-de-France so that the police can circulate freely and free of charge - because they had until now had to ask for an entry permit - on the network to conduct patrols. A wish to this effect will be voted on this Thursday by the IDFM Board of Directors.
This incentive "will allow municipal police to intervene in public transport, within their area of competence, as the Savary law has authorized them to do," explains IDFM, which recalls that this law allows them to intervene and record offences relating to the transport police, "such as incivility or insult to a ticketing officer, but also sexist and sexual insult". "This is good news" according to the head of the region, who stresses that this mechanism "is in line with the massive investments made by IDFM to combat the feeling of insecurity, and will make it possible to increase the capacity of the security forces to intervene in the face of the terrorist threat".
A partnership forged on a voluntary basis
This enhanced cooperation with the municipal and inter-municipal police forces of the Ile-de-France region will be established on the basis of partnership agreements, and only with "voluntary communities", says IDFM, which intends to make it possible "to promote and encourage on the one hand, the presence of patrols of uniformed municipal police officers during their mission time, and on the other hand, joint operations with the agents of transport operators".
This presence, which has not yet been systematic, "in transport vehicles and rights-of-way is likely to enhance security and combat the feeling of insecurity". And the ambition of the Île-de-France region chaired by Valérie Pécresse is here to "strengthen the continuum of safety in transport", "to intensify the fight against sexist and sexual attacks" and "to structure a little more the fight against brawls and gang phenomena".
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The legislative arsenal to be developed
As a reminder, Valérie Pécresse had already written to the Minister of Transport Clément Beaune on this subject, driven by the ambition to obtain more prerogatives concerning safety on the networks for which she is responsible. To this end, "regulatory or legislative changes are imperative to strengthen the safety of public transport users and agents," she said in a letter sent to the Minister Delegate for Transport Clément Beaune, which Le Figaro has been able to consult. A letter that echoed the minister's announcement to increase the number of security guards at the SNCF by 20%, five days after the activation of the attack emergency level of the Vigipirate plan. An announcement that is far from satisfying the boss of the capital region.
This fight is also being waged by Senator Philippe Tabarot, who is going to table a bill to remedy the obstacles to security missions in public transport. "This decision taken by IDFM is an important part of the security shield that I would like to propose for transport," explains the senator from the Alpes-Maritimes, who recalls that "today, the intervention of the municipal police in transport obeys a certain number of precise rules within the framework of coordination agreements" between the organising authority specific to each region and the police. He proposes to go "further", by "allowing free access" by the municipal police "at any time and at any time to transport networks: metro, bus, coaches, trains, trams". The idea is for municipal police officers "to have more freedom of action in transport on an equal footing with national police officers and gendarmes".