This Morning, one of our members spotted a National Gendarmerie EC135T2 at Bordeaux Merignac Airport. The French National Gendarmerie operates fifteen EC135T2’s, with this particular airframe sporting serial 1086 “JDO”, the last one delivered to the unit.
The National Gendarmerie is an armed force in charge of Police missions and falls under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior. Unlike the police, its members are soldiers. The Gendarmerie is normally responsible for security in rural and peri-urban areas. The Gendarmerie performs three types of missions in collaboration with the other French police forces: Judicial police missions, administrative police missions and police military and defence missions.