Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bad Grades for Interior

No wonder Claude Guéant needs heart surgery. The Cour des Comptes has just flunked the Ministry of the Interior (where Guéant was Sarko's chief of staff while Chirac was still president). Remember when ministers were going to be evaluated on the basis of quantitative results provided by American consulting firms? Yet here we have a quantitative evaluation by a respected arm of the French administration that is simply being brushed off by the current minister, who, by the way, will remain on the job, we are told, despite his bypass operation:

En préambule du document sans concession, rendu public aujourd'hui et que Le Figaro s'est procuré (cliquez ici pour lire l'ensemble du document), la Cour des Comptes estime que «face à la montée de la délinquance, les pouvoirs publics ont consacré des moyens croissants, budgétaires, technologiques et humains, aux politiques de sécurité publique. Les forces de police et de gendarmerie ont ainsi, durant la période 2003-2007, couverte par la loi d'orientation et de programmation (LOPSI) du 29 août 2002, bénéficié d'un renforcement de leurs crédits et de leurs effectifs pour accomplir leurs missions. Toutefois, les statistiques du ministère de l'Intérieur font apparaître que les résultats obtenus dans la lutte contre la délinquance ont été contrastés».
Au fil de 248 pages parfois rédigées au vitriol, le rapport de la Cour des comptes évoque tour à tour «l'accroissement limité du nombre de policiers», «un turn-over parfois très élevé», «l'organisation coûteuse du temps de travail des policiers», «une toujours faible présence sur la voie publique», des «réformes difficiles souvent inabouties», «la mise en place laborieuse de la police d'agglomération...»

2 comments:

bernard said...

I remember a report like that around 2005. As I recall, policemen were working an average workweek of 27 hours. They had repelled the 35 hour week, but not the way Copé and other conservatives wanted.

Perhaps the UMP should consider repelling the 35 hour week for all employees except for cops where it would be officially set at 27 hours.

I mean, who at UMP would want to exhaust policemen with a 40 hours workweek? This would be bad for crime statistics as one would expect over 50% of policemen to suffer from exhaustion related diseases and then the streets would be empty and all manner of crime would explode.

One benefit of course would be that we would be able to assess scientifically the surprisingly signed relationships between the length of the policemen workweek, crime and the deficit of the health insurance branch of social security.

FrédéricLN said...

Like bernard: all of the facts the Cour des Comptes reports are very well known, and since years (or decades, for some of them).

The difference is the signature "Cour des Comptes".

And the reaction of the Minister. People of law, human right activists, public servants as a whole, are (in my opinion) the target of the UMP for the next presidential campaign. The motto might be something like:

"I wanted to change things, to make you French citizens been heard and understood, but those conservative people inside the State system blocked everything. I will fire them. I already started to (add a list of symbolic decisions during the 4 last years, from "ministère de l'identité nationale" to "jurés populaires en correctionnelle"). But in order to be effective, in order to give back true power to the people, I need time, constitutional changes, and that means: I need your renewed support. If the Left comes back, those people will block everything again."

My 2 cents, of course.