Faced with around a hundred fire starts each day on average this summer, the Minister of the Interior intends to “massively strengthen” the Central Office for the fight against damage to the environment.
The most prominent politician of the summer continues its momentum. Gérald Darmanin announces that he wants to launch “3,000 green police stations” for’ “improve the work of judicial investigation”, particularly in cases of arson caused by arsonists, in an interview with the Sunday newspaper.
“The objective is that, in each gendarmerie brigade, there are gendarmes trained in attacks on ecology. It will be a revolution”assures the Minister of the Interior to JDD.
26 suspected arsonists arrested
This summer, “there were between 80 and 120 fire starts per day in our country” et “to date we have made 26 arrests of suspected arsonists”emphasizes Gérald Darmanin.
With these new positions, the objective is to “Massively strengthen the resources of the Central Office for the fight against damage to the environment (Oclaesp)”, he adds. This office, created in 2004 and headed by a general of the gendarmerie, was notably co-seized in July to investigate the great fire of Landiras in Gironde.
Its investigators also have the task of fighting against a multitude of trafficking (medicines, waste, protected species, etc.) but also against doping in sport, physical pollution, food scandals or bioterrorism.
Based in the Paris region, Oclaesp’s workforce has grown with the creation of nine regional branches since 2020: Bordeaux, Guyana, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, La Réunion, Papeete and Valenciennes.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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