The Creuse gendarmes and police officers mobilized during the Olympics, “without abandoning the department”

The Creuse gendarmes and police officers mobilized during the Olympics, “without abandoning the department”
The Creuse gendarmes and police officers mobilized during the Olympics, “without abandoning the department”

The gendarmes and police officers from Creuse will also participate in the Olympic Games (OG)! They will go to Paris (some will also be able to go to Châteauroux, location of the shooting events) to help their colleagues in the capital secure the sites. Of the 305 Creuse gendarmes, 90 were retained; of the 86 police officers from Guéret, 35 will go, including 12 on the dates of the Olympics alone (July 26 – August 11). These personnel will be available from June 15 and until September 15, for the first security missions. For example, the first Guérétois police officers will leave on June 30.

“Reassure the population”

Creuse is therefore making this effort, like all departments. It is above all the staff who are making this effort, because in this context, both gendarmes and police officers have been forced to take their leave. In short: they can take a maximum of 10 days of leave between June 15 and September 15. And in this period, they are prohibited from taking leave from July 26 to August 11. This is an instruction from the Ministry of the Interior, which has provided a compensation bonus, and the Creuse security forces will be able to take their leave before or after this big summer time.

These constraints or even bans on leave mean that “Creuse will not be abandoned, the inhabitants will be safe”insists the prefect of the department, Anne Frackowiak-Jacobs, who wants “reassure the population”. Because as the gendarmes and police officers will not be able to leave as usual this summer, they will have as many or more staff this summer to secure the Creuse. “Usually, I have around a third of gendarmes on vacation at that time, 100 gendarmes out of 300. Here I have 90 who will be at the Olympics, and the others will be there. So we are in a situation of ‘normal summer’, explains Colonel Bruno Graffouillère, boss of the gendarmes. Among the military and the police, the effort will be smoothed over the summer, since everyone will not leave at the same time. “Our peak will be 12 police officers mobilized for the dates of the Olympics. It is far from insurmountable. We want to continue to secure the Creuse this summer, and even be even more efficient”promises Xavier Badier, the police commissioner of Guéret

If necessary, police officers and gendarmes will also be able to draw from the operational reservemade up of young officers or retirees, to supplement their numbers.

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