Direction de la Coopération Internationale
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.
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 76 embassies. With 300 police officers and gendarmes, this network covering 157 countries is composed of internal security attachés (ISA), their deputies, liaison officers, assistants, volunteers, international technical experts, etc.
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.
Furthermore, 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.
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.