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Watch out Paris: Anti-incivility brigade hits the streets
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Watch out Paris: Anti-incivility brigade hits the streets

The Local · 12 Sep 2016, 09:57

Published: 12 Sep 2016 09:57 GMT+02:00

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Paris is by no means a clean city, with its cigarette butts in the gutters, dog poo on the pavements, and drunken people urinating on the streets --- but that might be about to change. 

The city has upped the number of city officers who can dish out fines for daily littering infractions or “incivilities”. 

The new "anti-incivility brigade" is hitting the streets on Monday, and within three months will see their staff numbers hit the target of 1,900. 

Philippe Goujon, the deputy mayor of the 15th arrondissement, said that a reshuffle was necessary with France still under a state of emergency. 
"We know that the police can't afford to be working on community issues as well as on keeping us safe," he told Le Parisien newspaper. 
The incivilities they're looking out for include people tossing cigarettes, unauthorized garbage dumping, public urination, not cleaning up after your dog and noise levels at night, to name a few. 

The brigade has replaced the Prevention and Protection Direction (DPP) which was previously in charge, and which provided the majority of officers.

Others come from different city services such as parks and gardens and the cleanliness division, and a further 30 new positions have been created to fill remaining spots. 

These new officers will all be in uniform and some will be armed with batons and tear gas.

Some 320 officers will be part of a “mobile brigade” that will roam the whole capital 24/7.

The move comes after the city started giving out fines of €68 for tossing cigarette butts in October last year. Around 2,500 people have been hit by the fines since then. 

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