After the violent fires that affected France this summer, Gérald Darmanin announced that he wanted to launch “3,000 green gendarme posts” in order to “improve the work of judicial investigation”, in particular in cases of arson authorized by arsonists. . These new positions will “reinforce the means” of Oclaesp.
Gérald Darmanin announces that he wants to launch “3,000 green gendarme posts” in order to “improve the work of judicial investigation”, in particular in cases of arson caused by arsonists, in an interview with the Sunday newspaper. “The objective is that, in each gendarmerie brigade, there are gendarmes trained in ecology. It will be a revolution”, assures the Minister of the Interior to the JDD.
This summer, “there were between 80 and 120 fires per day in our country” and “to date we have carried out 26 arrests of supposed arsonists”, underlines Gérald Darmanin. With these new positions, the objective is to “massively strengthen the means of the Central Office for the fight against developed environment (Oclaesp)”, he adds.
This office, created in 2004 and headed by a general of the gendarmerie, was notably co-seized in July to investigate the great fire of Landiras in Gironde. Its investigators also have the task of fighting against a multitude of trafficking (medicines, waste, protected species, etc.) but also against doping in sport, physical pollution, food scandals or bioterrorism. Based in the Paris region, Oclaesp’s workforce has grown with the creation of nine regional branches since 2020: Bordeaux, Guyana, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, La Réunion, Papeete and Valenciennes.