Law enforcement in Madagascar

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The law enforcement agencies of Madagascar include:

  • The Gendarmerie Nationale (Malagasy: Zandarimariam-pirenena), the national police force of Madagascar, with 8,100 staff (in 2006) operating under the Ministry of Defense.[1][2]
  • The Gendarmerie is supplemented by a Presidential Security Regiment.[3]
  • A 3,000-member Civil Police force under the Ministry of Interior, with a role in policing the cities.[1]
  • A General Directorate of Information and Documentation Internal and External (Direction Générale de l'Information et de la Documentation, Intérieure et Exterieure—DGIDIE), a secret political police, was established under the Presidency of Didier Ratsiraka.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Madagascar - State Security Services". Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2009-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2017-09-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


  1. World Police Encyclopedia, ed. by Dilip K. Das & Michael Palmiotto published by Taylor & Francis. 2004,
  2. World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems,second edition, Gale., 2006
  3. Sullivan, Larry E. Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2005.