Internal Security section [fr]

1- Presentation of the International Cooperation Directorate (DCI), French Ministry of the Interior


A joint national police-gendarmerie directorate, the International Cooperation Directorate (DCI) was established on 1st September 2010. It is an umbrella organisation of police officers and gendarmes who implement France’s foreign policy in the areas related to the Ministry of the Interior as well as the latter’s international strategy.

Through their presence in the countries where they are posted, these police officers and gendarmes create a unique network of police cooperation both in terms of the number of posts opened and the wide range of action it covers.

Working towards the development of cooperation between France and the country in which they are posted, the French police and military officers of the DCI are in charge of protecting France’s expatriate citizens and its interests. Their action aims at gathering feedback on homeland security.

1.1- An international response to the varied challenges of our times

  • Various threats, such as terrorism, transnational organised crime, drug and arms trafficking and cybercrime, often come into being beyond our borders. Hence, cooperation between countries must be enhanced.
  • For carrying out its bilateral or multilateral cooperation action, France can rely on its network of Internal Security Departments spread over 78 embassies. With 300 police officers and gendarmes, this network covering 153 countries is composed of internal security attachés (ISA), their deputies, liaison officers, assistants, volunteers, international technical experts, etc.

1.2- A mission of coordination and implementation

  • The DCI conducts and coordinates operational, technical and institutional cooperation of the national police and gendarmerie, except for issues under the exclusive competence of the intelligence services.
  • Further, it is responsible for the implementation of the Home ministry’s technical cooperation for the General secretariat, the Directorate General for Civilian Security, the Directorate General for Foreigners in France, and the Directorate General of Local Self-governing Bodies, and the Road Safety Department.
  • For the discharge of its duties, the DCI is supported by a central entity and services spread abroad, in addition to the Internal Security Sections (ISS), composed of police officers and/or gendarmes posted in the countries concerned.

1.3- A quest for harmonisation and efficiency

The establishment of the DCI helps cut costs and optimise performance by bringing together the major players of international police cooperation under a single umbrella organisation.

2- The Internal Security Section (ISS)


2.1- The Internal Security Attaché

  • The Internal Security Attaché is the Ambassador’s adviser for all internal security matters. He organises and coordinates bilateral and multilateral cooperation, particularly the technical, operational and institutional aspects.
  • The Internal Security Attaché enjoys a diplomatic status and implements security cooperation as laid down by the Ministry of the Interior in keeping with the general guidelines of French foreign policy.
  • The one-point contact of the local police authorities, the Internal Security Attaché in this post abroad is the representative of the French national police and gendarmerie. He makes proposals for cooperation programmes and implements them, and participates in missions for rendering assistance to the French community residing in India, thus contributing to the internal security of France.

2.2- The Internal Security Section (ISS)

In the discharge of his duties, the internal security attaché may be assisted by a deputy attaché, liaison officers, international technical experts, and volunteers from the police and the national gendarmerie, all of whose activities he guides and coordinates. Through his initiative, the Internal Security Section develops operational information exchanges with the police of the country of residence, particularly with regard to international crime (illegal immigration, organised crime, terrorism, drug, arms and human trafficking, etc.). This Section is an essential link for the application of European arrest warrants. It contributes to the active follow-up of international rogatory commissions. It also helps promote the French security equipment industry and assists the resident French community. Be it through its daily action or the preparation of bilateral or multilateral cooperation agreements, the ISS directly contributes to France’s homeland security.

3- The Internal Security Section of the Embassy of France in New Delhi

  • Internal Security Section of New Delhi was established at the Embassy of France in 2001. ISS Delhi is thus one of the 78 representations abroad of the DCI, French Ministry of the Interior.
  • ISS Delhi is headed by a police commissioner from the French national police. Apart from the abovementioned missions, the ISA lends his expertise and support to the Indian police authorities, paramilitary forces attached to the Ministry of the Interior , as well as to the authorities in charge of airport and civilian security.
  • Along with India, the Internal Security Attaché’s jurisdiction also extends to Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Last modified on 30/07/2018

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