In 40 of Buenos Aires' most populated districtsThursday, February 27, 2014
Scioli presents municipal police bill
Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli yesterday presented a bill to debate the creation of municipal police, one of the proposals that Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front made its hobby-horse during the campaign for last year’s midterm legislative elections.
After their defeat in Buenos Aires province, Kirchnerites started analyzing the idea of creating municipal police in the province and began negotiating with their allies of Nuevo Encuentro to prepare a bill which the majority of lawmakers would support, including the Renewal Front.
“We are glad they listened to more than four million Buenos Aires province inhabitants who in October said they wanted a bill to create municipal police forces like these,” Jorge D’Onofrio — who heads the Renewal Front caucus in the Senate — yesterday said in a press conference, highlighting once again the controversy over who sets the agenda in the province.
But D’Onofrio made it clear that the bill presented yesterday was part of a negotiation between Massa’s party and Scioli’s lawmakers.
“This bill was the condition we added to approve this year’s budget,” he asserted.
In a rally at the provincial Government House, Scioli — accompanied by his Security Minister Alejandro Granados and his Justice Minister Ricardo Casal — announced the bill to create municipal police forces in the 40 most populated municipalities.
Granados, the Ezeiza mayor on leave, was one of those who sponsored the plan and yesterday said that the majority of the mayors agree with the creation of the new police forces which will give local authorities the power to control officers.
The police corps will be formed by 15 officers who will be in charge of preventing crimes and their efforts will be joined by the Buenos Aires provincial police.
Months ago, sources told the Herald that Scioli’s lawmakers were in talks with Nuevo Encuentro lawmaker Marcelo Sain to improve their bill. Sain is a security expert, who created during Néstor Kirchner’s term in office the Airport Security Police, the only force created in a period of democracy.
Last year, there were at least three proposals in the Legislature to create municipal police, but they differed over where the forces should be established and on who would provide the funding. The discussion was sealed with the commitment of the provincial state to arrange the funding.
Scioli has been repeating that he wants to fill the province’s streets with policemen in order to fight crime, one of the major problems faced by the province.
The governor also wants to decentralize the prosecutor’s office to fight drug-trafficking and family violence.
—Herald with DyN, online media