Why is it important? All about the national police reserve launching a recruitment campaign

Citizens dressed in police uniforms, trained in the use of weapons and serving on a public highway: From Monday, the police are launching a broad recruitment campaign for reservists whose duties will be more functional than ever before.

What is the National Police Reserve?

The national police reserve includes several thousand citizens, ex-police officers or former security assistants, who are available to reinforce the day-to-day duties of the national police if necessary. Can we read on the national police’s site, “Depending on their skills, they are assigned to the heart of the police services in support, specialist or logistics roles and are deployed near their home”?

Why do the police need new reservists?

The reserve force of the national police, which has 6,700 personnel, most of whom are retired police officers, historically lags behind the gendarmerie of approximately 40,000 members.

“The goal is to target 30,000, 70% of whom are citizens,” explains Commissioner General Frédéric Laissy, head of the police information and communications service (Sicop).

With a dual ambition: to strengthen services on the ground, especially in view of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, and to improve ties to the population, some of which, especially young people, have expressed distrust of the police in recent years.

Therefore, 1,500 reservists should be recruited from 2022, followed by 2,000 to 2,500 reservists in 2023.

Who can apply?

There are several requirements to become a reserve soldier in the national police. According to the service-publique.fr website, you must be of French nationality and be 18 or older and 67 or younger.

You must also have a clean criminal record and have completed a national service or defense and citizenship day. You must also pass a security check and pass an oral exam.

Finally, it is necessary to be considered fit to be physically healthy and to be a backup after a medical examination.

What will be the tasks to be performed?

In order to promote professions and attract applications, the police decided to change the current situation of reservists to make it more attractive.

Indeed, so far, Frédéric Laissy sums up, “the citizens on the reserve have only been able to perform a very limited number of tasks”, such as “support, welcome, logistics” and always “in civilian clothes”.

Future reservists will receive an initial four-week training at CRS companies where they will learn shooting, interception and arrest techniques. In addition, they will receive training on the police organization and its functioning, safety rules in the intervention and will receive information about the firearms they will be authorized to keep.

Eventually, they will be able to conduct police rescue patrols on public roads, conduct surveillance at borders and airports, or conduct road checks (alcohol level, speed) within a highway CRS.

On the other hand, they will not be able to integrate a BAC, a PJ service or enforce law enforcement.

They will wear the “same uniform” as the police, with a personal bulletproof vest, but will have to surrender their weapons after each mission.

How much do substitutes get paid?

Each session will be charged approximately 80 Euros. A reserve serves a maximum of 90 days per year. For retirees and former police aides, this period can be up to 150 days.

It should be noted that from now on it “will also offer a substitute, real career path”, making it possible to be promoted to a higher rank based on criteria such as form of service or notation, by locating the national police. This process will thus increase the participation and civic engagement of the reserves.