Wednesday, July 27, 2016

For IGPN, the controversy over Nice security is unfounded – The Obs

PARIS (Reuters) – The security service was properly sized for the evening attack in Nice truck on July 14 and polemics on the arrangements put in place are the result of a misunderstanding, said Wednesday Director of the General Inspectorate of the national Police (IGPN).

“in the absence of specific risk reported by the territorial intelligence” in Nice, the safety device, focused on “the assuming pedestrians and armed assailants attacking the crowd, “was satisfactory, IGPN concludes in a report.

the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had seized” the police of the police ” for a “technical assessment” of security measures in order to cut short a debate on the means used in the evening festivities of July 14 on the promenade des Anglais, where 84 people died.

” for an event that was not exceptional (…) without knowledge of a particular threat, the stewards was not undersized, “said Marie-France-Moneger Guyomarc’h, director of IGPN .

“the controversy over the actual figures or positioning crews are the result of a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the information may not be completely stabilized that were quickly provided a obvious concern for transparency, “she said at a press conference.

families and relatives of victims filed suit against the state, the city of Nice and the organization festivities, alleging breaches of security. The former mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, also accuses Bernard Cazeneuve “State lie” on the police force on the evening of drama.


the confrontation has hardened after a municipal police, in charge of Nice video device, had said in Le Journal du Dimanche have suffered the Interior press for change its report on the deployment of forces on the evening of 14 July.

the interior minister filed a complaint for defamation against the young woman and the Nice prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation Tuesday for abuse of authority following a report of the official.

Marie-France-Moneger Guyomarc’h certified that 64 national police officers were in the secure perimeter of the pedestrian and ‘Prom’ “the truck emerged 15 minutes after the end of the fireworks. They were supported by 42 municipal police officers.

However, in contrast to July 2015, where 60 gendarmes and 37 CRS had been sent as reinforcements for the national holiday, the request of the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture of mobile power unit for this year has not been met, the city of Nice is not considered “at risk”.

As a result, the departmental Directorate of public security (DDSP) had almost doubled its workforce through the use of trainers, responsible for prevention, cadets, “unusually employees on this type of mission.”

Despite the “objective appropriateness” of the organization (traffic diversion , barriérage, checkpoints, patrols …) it “has proved inadequate in an unprecedented procedure on national territory”. Services, which held four preparatory meetings had not worked on the script for a ram vehicle given the nature of the event and the physical setting, the report said.


IGPN emphasizes responsiveness of police to put out of harm’s way the driver of the truck while specifying that “the brilliance of terrorist action “reported upstream by the crew of a municipal police vehicle,” prevented the transmission and reception of radio information in conditions that allow their immediate understanding of the intensity of the aggression. “

” subject to the results of the ongoing legal investigation, it appears that only the national police have used their weapons, “said IGPN, stating that it has able to establish at what point the truck began circulating. The report did not have access to CCTV images.

“Only the judicial inquiry will establish whether there is abnormality in the tracking and interception of a vehicle should not circulate in Nice that day “they write

it was noted in the IGPN.” great difficulty “of” a systematic sanctuaries access control space “:” 50 gendarmes or police more, it would have changed nothing. “

” We must not yield to the temptation to develop scenarios that would not withstand the reality as it was before 14 July, “stressed the director of IGPN.

She said that members of the security forces” lived very poorly “polemics and that relations between national and municipal police in Nice, labeled” long “with” mutual trust “and” a great experience “, were adversely affected by the current controversy.

(Sophie Louet, edited by Yves Clarisse)


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