Controversial reform of the PY: two fact-finding trips to Parliament

Controversial reform of the PY: two fact-finding trips to Parliament

We learned on Wednesday that two fact-finding missions on the judicial police reform project, which have caused hostility among many investigators and judges alike, will be launched in the National Assembly and Senate.

On the assembly side, the Judiciary Commission’s office on Tuesday “acted on the principle of setting up an information mission,” a parliamentary source told AFP.

The mission “will not be formally established until the next meeting of the commission on Tuesday (September 20),” the source said.

“One of the rapporteurs should be Ugo Bernalicis (the ‘security gentleman’ of La France insoumise, ed.) who asked for this fact-finding mission to be set up,” she added.

The Senate’s investigative mission will be launched “in the coming weeks,” the House of Lords said.

Also headed by the Legal Commission, with Senators Nadine Bellurot (LR) and Jérôme Durain (PS) as rapporteurs, she wants to “examine the advisability of the restructuring announced by the government”.

“It is important that this administrative reorganization does not jeopardize the ability of the criminal investigation services to carry out their investigative tasks in accordance with the instructions of the judicial authority,” adds the press release.

The Director General of the National Police (DGPN), Frédéric Veaux, who is implementing this reform, and that of the Gendarmerie, Christian Rodriguez, as well as police officers, gendarmes and judges, will be heard.

The reform project envisages all police services at the departmental level – Intelligence, Public Security, Border Police (PAF) and Judicial Police (PJ) – coming under a single Department Director of the National Police (DDPN), dependent on the Prefect.

Opponents of this plan denounce the danger of a “levelling” of the PFY, a strengthening of the prefect’s weight in the investigations and a departmental level unsuitable for the new crime.

To express their dissatisfaction, investigators from the Bordeaux criminal police laid down their vests crossed out with a black ribbon as a sign of mourning on Tuesday while the DGPN was on site to discuss the reform with department heads.

The National Association of the Judicial Police (ANPJ), formed in connection with the reform challenge and which claims 1,650 members, welcomed the establishment of the Senate mission.

“We will continue to push the issue. Questions will be asked of real professionals, real PJ actors, judges and investigators,” one of its vice presidents told AFP, who hopes this mission will allow “verifying the copy of the DGPN that is stockpiled at their positions, even though the Minister has asked her to be frank”.

On the other hand, the project received the support of the Association of Senior Officials of the National Police (AHFPN), for which this reform “will lead to a real and necessary transformation of the investigation sector”.

When asked by AFP, the entourage of the Minister of the Interior and the General Directorate of the National Police declined to comment.



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