After a pilot experience of several months, the elements of the municipal administrative police (PAC) will soon be deployed throughout the territory of Casablanca. The decision should be made officially this Wednesday, January 23, following a meeting of the President of the City Council with the 16 presidents of boroughs of the city.
These multidisciplinary brigades, which are part of the urban commune of Casablanca, will be responsible for the verbalization of the contraventions in terms of hygiene, urban planning or the occupation of the public domain. They will be based on the provisions of the new municipal ordinance on hygiene adopted by the City Council at the February meeting.
In a first assessment of the pilot operation, conducted in 5 districts, more than 14,000 PVs have been drawn up since May 2018. They penalize violations in the 3 areas of intervention of the CAP.
However, these PVs are not really effective yet because of the lack of involvement of borough presidents. The latter, for electoral reasons, are still reluctant to apply the law to the letter. However, it is a significant source of revenue for the municipality.
Indeed, the shortfall for these non-existent PV amounts to about fifteen million DH. The PV for occupation of the public land arrive at the top of the tickets (more than 7,000), followed by hygiene (restaurants, snacks, dairies …) and urban planning.
At present, about fifty agents are already deployed (2 per brigade). Eventually, they will be around 230 agents, says a well-informed source.
Recruited from the municipality, these sworn agents already carry out rounds and verbalize the offenders. But a major link in the chain is missing, the signature of the borough chairpersons. The next meeting should find a solution to this problem that hinders the effectiveness of field officer control. It will also activate the clauses of the municipal ordinance on hygiene (adopted by the elected for a year to the day), but whose application is not yet effective.
As a reminder, this decree of more than 100 pages and 295 articles regulates hygiene in several sectors, ranging from catering to hotels, through cafes, bakeries, butchers, grocery stores, hotels, hammams, hairdresser and aesthetics, taxis, buses … Developed with the assistance of ONSSA, the document is intended to be more exhaustive than the old permanent municipal decree, of about twenty pages, which goes back to the protectorate.
The activation of law and control will enable the city not only to establish order and sanity, but also to grow its revenue. It will allow the city to ensure repayment of the loan of 2 billion MAD contracted from the international institution.
It remains to be specified that the commissioning of the CAP still requires an annual envelope of nearly 10 million MAD. “An amount that will generate tens or even hundreds of millions of dirhams in case of law enforcement,” said the same source.
The project to launch a municipal administrative police is not new. Initiated in 2012 by Mohamed Sajid (former mayor of the city), this project took time to materialize, for lack of resources, but especially of political will.