Rabat - The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) revealed the outcome of 2016’s year of development for the national police, which included important data on all aspects of the security forces’ activity in the kingdom.
Rabat – The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) revealed the outcome of 2016’s year of development for the national police, which included important data on all aspects of the security forces’ activity in the kingdom.
Abdellatif Hammouchi, who became head of the DGSN in May 2015, revealed the results of the national law enforcement’s fight against crime and its increased monitoring capacities.
The number of calls carried out by Moroccan citizens to the “19” emergency number jumped to 1,092,115 in 2015, compared to just 777.353 calls last year. To process the new call volume, Hammouchi organized mobile police units in Marrakesh, Rabat and Sale.
Mahdia, a beach area near Kenitra, got a new police department and Salé’s new police department was converted to a new regional center, which has improved oversight in the city suffering from high crime rates.
The Moroccan consulates in Brussels, Orly and Marseilles developed biometric data collection systems as part of the DGSN’s strategy to improve police infrastructure for citizens living inside and outside the borders of the kingdom.
Providing this new service allowed 1,808 Moroccans living abroad to acquire a national identity card from their local embassy, without having to return to their home country. The process for the approval of residence visas to foreigners and asylum seekers was also streamlined via this technology.
Pink slips for police officers not cut out for their profession-of-choice were 84 in number this year. Thirty-one others were temporarily suspended, while 517 officials were served an official condemnation, and 1,104 others got a warning for their violation. A total of 259 officers were retrained, three others were forcibly retired, while four others were excused from their positions. Five officers got their ranks degraded.
In order to combat “financial corruption” and other administration issues, the new police chief issued Alert 1899, which led to the suspension of 176 civil officers.
The nation’s officers apprehended approximately 500,000 suspects across the kingdom this year – over 150,000 of whom had arrest warrants on their backs. Those caught in matters of the drug trade numbered 89,115. A total of 106 tons and 870 kilograms of confiscated hashish now sits in the country’s police stations.
On the international level, Morocco arrested 141 criminals escaping international arrest warrants and participated in 27 international police operations.