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 8100 staff (in 2006) operating under the Ministry of Defense.[1][2]
  • It is supplemented by a Presidential Security Regiment [3]
  • There is 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 Ratsiraka.[1]



  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.