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France: The Grueling Training of the Motorcycle Gendarmes

2
July
2014
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  France Uniformed
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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The French motorcycle Gendarme is know over the world as one of the best trained motorcycle cops. Their skills are second to none, and their training is top notch. The gendarme is part of the military establishment, which could explain why their training is so thorough.

Any gendarme cop under the age of 35 can apply for the training as long as she/he is taller than 1 meter 70. The training starts with a 1 week pre-training, something to weed out the ones that will never hack it. They are taken through the basics in this week, and 60% of the participants will make the cut. The ones that didn't make the cut are allowed to retake the pre-course once, but only once.

Gendarme training Turbo

Then starts an 11 week non-stop training, which sees 92-94% succeed. The training is performed on race circuits and in an enduro park. Then the training progresses on the open roads. The training is meant not only to allow the cop to be able to control the motorcycle 100%, but also to allow the cop to forget about the motorcycle so they can concentrate of the law enforcement action. The cop needs to be one with the motorcycle.

Gendarme training Turbo

Once the cop has become a motorcycle cop, it's not over. Every 6 years, they need to go to a 2.5 day refresher. If the instructors notice that the level is not high enough, the cop is sent to a 7.5 day intensive refresher course. If that doesn't work, the cop is sent back to a normal unit.

There is a video, in French, on the Via: link below. At the bottom of the French article you'll see the video.

Via: Turbo



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