The City of Rennes has decided to increase the number of its municipal police. Twelve new agents in reflective vest are recruited and are currently undergoing training. Other novelties: the creation of a canine brigade and police equipment with pedestrian camera.
In November 2016, the mayor of Rennes Nathalie Ampere announced new ways for the municipal police. An increase in numbers first, with the arrival of 12 new agents who are currently undergoing training. "They will strengthen patrols and increase the frequency of islanding in neighborhoods.”
Another novelty: the creation of a canine brigade. It is set up and will be operational in January 2018. It will be composed of four agents who will each have their dog, a Milionis shepherd. Finally, since 1 October, the agents are equipped with individual cameras (one per crew) placed on their safety uniform to record, in case of contempt or aggression, their interventions. "The camera does not film permanently," says the City. This equipment is part of a peaceful relationship on public space..."
Vest and telescopic stick
In 2016, municipal police and unions had called for equipment with a firearm, which they said was facing a tense situation in the field. "We did not want it," reminds Nathalie.
The agents are equipped with "safety vest, tear gas and telescopic baton, and now pedestrian camera," says Hubert Chardonnay, deputy mayor responsible for security. Recently, they are also entitled to training sessions on technical intervention procedures.