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About fifty countries in the world adopt today the Gendarmeries internal public force system. Being called Gendarmeries, Carabinieri, Constabularies, Troops, etc., all of them have in common specific characteristics, which differentiate them from other internal security systems. The main is coming from their military character, which determines as well their hierarchical organization as the status of their staffs, their modes of action or their equipment.

Far from disappearing, this internal security system is in full development as the re-creations of gendarmeries is showing in some Eastern Europe countries at the end of the XXth century or still the recent creation of new gendarmeries such as the Jordanian Gendarmerie in 2008 or the Mexican Gendarmerie in 2014. The appearance of new threats, the terrorism of course, but also some internal disorders risks growing up in some countries, the development of serious and organized crimes are certainly explaining the choice of this force system of which the intervention capacities in crisis situation is not to be demonstrated any more.

To date, no document is gathering all the information concerning these Forces. And nevertheless, these are interesting multiple bodies.

First of all the Government, those countries which are endowed with such Forces, in order to adapt their system according to the risks evolution; but also others, those who intend to also be endowed with such a means and that are looking for information that are liable to enlighten them on their choice.

The concerned administrations, themselves, in order to share their experiences, confront their methods of intervention. Of course, there are already places of exchange within international associative organizations such as the FIEPM (French Gendarmerie, Italian Carabinieri, Spanish Guardia Civil, Portuguese National Guardia, Portuguese National police, Moroccan Gendarmerie) or still the Eurasian Gendarmerie Force (Turkish Gendarmerie, Azerbaijan Gendarmerie, Kyrgyzstan Gendarmerie, Gendarmerie of Mongolia) or still from official bodies such as the FGE (European Gendarmerie Force). But no global information exists.

Certainly Private companies, French or foreigners, producers and exporters of security and defence means, can only be interested in such information. The field is huge and immense, from dress and clothes equipment up to the heavy armament and the various vehicles (armoured ground vehicles, helicopter, high speed boats, etc.), including all computing, electronic and video surveillance equipment production.

It is to answer to a more and more pressing that the French Gendarmerie History and Heritage National Society decided to register in its 2015 Present time History program 2015 the publication of a work gathering, under the shape of a directory, a maximum of information, for the use of multiple addressees, on the Gendarmeries of the World.


It has taken one year of persevering work to a 5 French Gendarmerie officers and non-commissioned officers’ team from active, reserve or retired positions, volunteers or under contract, to carry out, under the SNHPG president’s supervision, this document, which required multiple skills. It was indeed a question, first of all, of collecting a maximum of reliable and verifiable information from very diverse sources.

To validate that information with competent official bodies and to structure them according to a unique standard constituted the second phase. The translation, which followed was essential in order to ensure a world distribution. Finally the layout required an original and high-quality computer graphics.

Result. A 416 pages work in A4 format including, in files from 6 to 14 pages, all the information concerning gendarmeries or same type forces from 45 countries of the world. This document is bilingual, in French and in English (in page facing each other, even pages in French, and odd in English). It is illustrated with 360 photos.


For those who want to see first before commanding, they can visualize the files of 5 gendarmeries presented in example or consult the list of countries.

To see files

- the Argentine Gendarmerie;
- the Italian Carabinieri;
- the Jordanian Gendarmerie;
- the Gendarmerie nationale of Côte d’Ivoire;
- the Senegalese National Gendarmerie.

To consult the list of countries


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