France to create new police unit focusing on daily life

October 18, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron is seen on a video camera screen as he delivers a speech on security to representatives of French national police, gendarmes and "Sentinelle" security plan soldiers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Macron is expected to launch a new police unit that would focus on daily life especially in working-class neighborhoods. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP)

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new police unit that will focus on routine crime and security problems.

Macron unveiled a plan to bolster France’s domestic security on Wednesday during a speech to police forces at the presidential Elysee palace.

He promised to provide modern equipment and reduce paperwork so officers can focus on addressing burglaries and offensive behavior in the streets and on public transportation.

The president also announced that a new project to counter the radicalization of French youth by extremists would be launched in December.

Macron didn’t discuss specifics since elected officials, police unions and experts are scheduled to meet to work out the details.