Monaco Public Security has announced that it has implemented a new reform, namely an increased proximity with residents of the Principality.

Police Commissioner Frank Fischer, who heads the Urban Police Division and 300 agents, said: “Community policing is not just a question of patrolling and a conspicuous presence. We must create constant dialogue, establish a climate of trust and mutual respect,” argues Frank Fischer. “It is about human relations, daily exchanges, in the form of advice against burglaries, canvassing, two-wheeler thefts.”

Police Chief Richard Marangoni said that while a motorised police force was essential for daily operations, this had distanced police officers from the population.

As a result of this policy shift, pedestrian patrols by uniformed officials will be increased to help with field intelligence and also reconnect with residents, traders, and others in the community, he told the annual New Year wishes ceremony.