Emmanuel Macron is coming this Monday to lay the foundation stone of the future joint police station for the national and municipal police, a project led by the mayor, Christian Estrosi. It should be inaugurated at the end of 2025.
Two officers warm up over coffee in the break room. Officials visit the first crisis room and a group manages an emergency in the second. On the floor below, the operators keep an eye on a demonstration in front of a futuristic wall of screens, with earpieces and joysticks. Everything is just simulation. These computer-generated images imagine the daily life of the future police station in Nice as it should exist in December 2025. The police station will bring together national and municipal police forces: a first in France. Emmanuel Macron is coming to lay the first stone on Monday.
The Police Hall will not rise from the ground. It will integrate the walls of the former Saint-Roch hospital, a large building of 18,000 m² with a Niçoise facade, louvered shutters and a central clock. “Exactly twelve years ago, when the Saint-Roch hospital was transferred, I took this opportunity to buy it back from the Ministry of Health for 42 million euros”, traces the mayor (ex-LR) of Nice, Christian Estrosi. The project capped at 220 million euros, 200 financed via the recovery plan of the State – which will become the owner of the building – and 20 by the metropolis – which will manage the camera center. The price to pay for pooled law enforcement and a modern building. Because until now, the national police occupy old-fashioned premises.
“It’s an old barracks where it is not uncommon to see rats and cockroaches passing by. It is not worthy of a public service, for the…