The International Cooperation Department (DCI)

The International Cooperation Department (DCI)

The International Cooperation Department (DCI) is an active department shared by the French National Police and National Gendarmerie. It is tasked with implementing France’s foreign policy with regards to domestic security issues.

Working towards closer cooperation between France and the countries where they are posted, the DCI law enforcement officers ensure the protection of French citizens abroad as well as the protection of France’s interests. Their missions aim at reinforcing domestic security.

A global response to meet the multiple challenges of a changing world

Cooperation between countries is essential to cope with the various threats flourishing abroad. Terrorism, transnational organised crime, drugs or weapons trafficking, irregular migration, cybercrime, are all priority concern for DCI police and gendarmerie officers. France relies on its network of Internal Security Services abroad in 73 embassies to carry out bilateral and multilateral cooperation. This network, staffed by 300 police and gendarmerie officers, covers 158 countries. They are run by Internal Security Attachés (ASI), their deputies (ASIA), liaison officers, assistants, cooperation officers or international technical experts.

Coordinating and leading

The DCI leads and coordinates the technical, institutional and operational cooperation of the National Police and National Gendarmerie, except for those issues that are exclusive domain of the intelligence services.

Moreover, it implements all international technical cooperation operations for the General Secretariat of the Ministry of the Interior, the Directorate-General for Civil Protection, the Directorate-General for Foreign Nationals in France, the Directorate-General for Local and Regional Authorities as well as the Road Traffic and Safety Delegation.

Internal Security Services (SSI) in Republic of South Africa

This Internal Security Service is located within the French Embassy in Pretoria since 2003.

In eight southern African countries (South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe), the service coordinates operational and technical cooperation with all the law enforcement agencies in the area. Particular focus is given to the field of cybercrime.

Internal Security Attaché (ASI)

They advise the Ambassador in all matters regarding domestic security and issues covered by the Ministry of the Interior. They are in charge of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of security and governance, particularly in their technical, operational and institutional aspects. The Internal Security Attaché enjoys the diplomatic status and implements cooperation as defined by our Minister of the Interior in compliance with the general guidelines of our external policy.

Internal Security Service (SSI) missions

To carry out their duties, the ASI is supported by:
-  A deputy internal security attaché;
-  Liaisons officers in the field of cybercrime.

Contact information

Internal Security Service,
French Embassy in Pretoria

Physical and postal address:
250 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0181

Telephone: 012 425 1600
E-mail :

publie le 06/07/2020

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