The Côtes-d’Armor gendarmerie celebrated Sainte-Geneviève, this Monday morning, November 20, in Saint-Brieuc. A 60-year-old tradition and an “important moment, for the cohesion and esprit de corps” of the approximately 732 men and women present in uniform and “who give without counting”, according to their leader, Colonel Stéphane Privat. Which also recalled “the complexity of the situations which (they are) confronted” and associated with this tribute the 400 reservists and the civilians of the gendarmerie working alongside them.
A priority: domestic violence
After a brief reminder of the facts and situations that marked the year 2023 – such as the aggression and threats suffered by two gendarmes stationed at the Bgard brigade last September – Colonel Privat also outlined the road map for the next twelve months. Namely a “particular attention” paid by the Costa Rican gendarmes to the fight against intra-family violence, whether it concerns spouses or children. Without neglecting the fight against burglaries, that against narcotics – for which it is a question of “cutting the tentacles of the octopus” and targeting both consumers and traffickers. And by continuing to ensure the safety of “the second longest road network in France”.
“Courage, humility and availability”
After a word of welcome and thanks from the mayor of Saint-Brieuc, Hervé Guihard, the prefect Stéphane Rouvé and the public prosecutor Nicolas Heitz also spoke, in front of 150 people gathered in the wedding hall. They also praised the commitment, “courage, humility and availability” of the gendarmerie personnel, recalling the joint and complementary work carried out throughout the year with all internal security forces, of the National Police, or the municipal police of the territory.
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