Lieutenant-Colonel Françoise Poulain will step down as head of the Vannes (Morbihan) gendarmerie company on July 31, 2020 for the École de Guerre in Paris. She will be replaced by Squadron Leader Jean-Baptiste Pecceu.
Friday July 31, 2020, Lieutenant-Colonel Françoise Poulain will step down as head of the gendarmerie company of Valves (Morbihan) for the War School in Paris. She will be replaced by Squadron Leader Jean-Baptiste Pecceu.
After four years at the head of the gendarmerie company, you are leaving Vannes for Paris. End of operational?
I passed the War School competition and I am leaving for a year-long training from September. It’s a joint military school year. It’s a bit like the military NBA. I will take the high level courses on defense and security.
What conclusions do you draw from this command?
I had exercised a first territorial command on the Crozon peninsula, at the level of a community of brigades. There it is a company with 170 soldiers. The advantage? We have the capacity to maneuver, the means to mount judicial operations and really have an inflection on local delinquency.
There is more autonomy in the organization of the seven units (The gendarmerie surveillance and intervention platoon, the research brigade, and the brigade communities of Questembert, Vannes, Muzillac, Theix, Allaire). And since February, we have created the family protection cell, dedicated to the fight against domestic violence. It’s a great creation that allows us to better support victims and shorten the processing time for these investigations.
What is at stake in such a territory?
There are sixty-nine municipalities and our main mission is to ensure the security of its 180,000 inhabitants, excluding tourist flows. This territory borders on Loire-Atlantique with many delinquency transits from the Nantes sector. There is also an important maritime facade which requires specific organization in the summer. We handle an average of 5,000 crimes per year. There has been an increase in damage to persons and a decrease in damage to property, including burglaries. Surveillance on the ground and the citizen participation system which associates the inhabitants with the defense of the territory. Twelve protocols have been signed in four years.
What was the most significant intervention of those four years?
There have been so many! The anti-migrant minor demonstration in Arzon in November 2016. It was very violent. Gendarmes were outraged, a Psig car was damaged. These identity activists and hooligans had to be contained. Unfortunately, there was the homicide at the Questembert halls in 2018. The perpetrators were quickly arrested. There were other highlights, such as the nine months to prepare for the Tour de France’s arrival in Sarzeau, for a day passed very quickly.
There was also the period of containment to manage …
We haven’t stopped working! There were controls as well as a large action to prevent and monitor burglaries in closed businesses. While continuing to intervene for the voluntary violence, which increased during confinement. And today, we are still in a high phase.