In Laval, a van to bring the municipal police closer to residents

In Laval, a van to bring the municipal police closer to residents
In Laval, a van to bring the municipal police closer to residents

An investment of €70,000 for this “ mediation truck ” This is how Florian Bercault, mayor of Laval (Mayenne), describes it. The mayor came to inaugurate this vehicle on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, near the Alice-Milliat park in the Hilard district.

« We hear the residents’ need for a return of community policingexplains the mayor. Service set up in 1998 by Lionel Jospin, then Prime Minister, abolished a few years later by Nicolas Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior.

“The return of spaces for dialogue”

The van will stop in the city’s neighborhoods, in markets, in front of schools… “meeting citizens, wherever there are people!” This is part of our efforts launched after the riots of June 2023. continues Florian Bercault. One of the proposals of the citizens’ convention was the return of spaces for dialogue in these neighborhoods. »

Jean-Pierre, a local resident who was present at the inauguration and took part in the event, approves: “ We talked about community policing and security from the residents’ point of view.. »

Awareness-raising actions

In the brand new vehicle, a table and two benches will allow the agents to receive the residents. Our goal will be to respond directly to their requests.explains Arnaud*, deputy head of the municipal police. Actions can be carried out with mediators from the city or other services. »

As on Tuesday, during the inauguration in Hilard, two municipal police officers accompanied agents from the urban area for an awareness-raising operation on waste.

*For his safety, the person concerned did not want to give his last name.

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