13 Jun 2018

New policing strategies for New Caledonia

11:42 am on 13 June 2018

The French High Commission in New Caledonia has unveiled new policing strategies for the territory, in particular for Noumea.

French police officers in New Caledonia.

French police officers in New Caledonia. Photo: AFP

Special attention will be paid to areas in the north of the city, where a new neighbourhood police force will try to curb crime.

The area of Ducos, which has 14,000 inhabitants, accounts for more than a third of burglaries of businesses as well as a large number of incidents of family violence.

From next year, a unit with police dogs will be deployed to cope with gatherings of suspected offenders and drunk people.

The High Commission says crime prevention efforts continue to cut youth crime which in the past year accounted for more than half of New Caledonia's break-ins.

The plan also provides for the mapping of places used for the illegal sale of alcohol.

Police numbers have been increased over the past two years because of unrest south of Noumea.

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