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Background

Seconded Officer / Senior Police and Gendarmerie Advisor ISSAT

Seconded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bgen Bernard Bélondrade is in charge of strengthening the links between France and ISSAT and also providing his personal experience of gendarmerie policing at the disposal of DCAF.

Bernard served 37 years in the French Gendarmerie; he ended his military career with the rank of Brigadier General as reserve advisor of the Gendarmerie Director.

Throughout his career he was in charge of various field police responsibilities, among them the command of the South Indian Ocean Gendarmerie's forces in Reunion. He also held several staff officer positions, in the General Direction of Gendarmerie in Paris, principally in the human resources domain. His last post in this area was that of Training and Recruitment Sub-Director.

He has experience working in international affairs, firstly as a Gendarmerie Attaché to the French Embassy in Buenos Aires - responsible for Argentina and Chile; secondly in developing a technical and advisory relationship with the Malagasy Gendarmerie and the Mauricius National Police Force.