Weapons, Instruction, Shooting
The Weapons, Instruction and Shooting Unit provides overall training for Palace Guards in the field of shooting as well as the maintenance of skills for the handling and maintenance of individual and collective weapons.
Shooting instructor training comprises several modules:
- Instruction takes place at the National Police Shooting Centre in Montlignon (Île-de-France) or in Antibes (Alpes Maritimes)
- The High-Precision Shooter Certificate is validated in Montlignon
- Shooting instructors receive furbisher training to learn how to repair and maintain the swords used by the officers and noncommissioned officers. This training is provided by the St Etienne Armourer
- A training in weapons repair and maintenance is undertaken at the factor which makes the weapons in Vienna (Austria)
- A training comprising several modules in the shooting techniques employed by Austria’s special forces using the same weapons
Professional Practice during Intervention
The missions assigned to instructors are :
- To provide instruction during initial and ongoing training on the use of intermediate weapons in intervention
- To have knowledge of the legal framework
- To teach the working methods for checks on individuals or vehicles
- To provide training in the use of means of coercion
They are authorised to carry telescopic defence batons and training in what to do in the event of a mass murder event.
Finally, they place interventions in context, in compliance with the legal conditions governing the use of force.
Initial training for Trainers in Security Techniques for Interventions (FTSI) takes place at the National Police Officer Training School in Cannes-Écluse (Île-de-France).
Retraining for instructors is carried out within the Palace Guards.
Administrative Policing and Criminal Investigation Unit
Under the authority of the Head of the Palace Guards and a "Magistrat Référent" (contact magistrate) from the Public Prosecution Department, staff in the unit ensure that the police missions entrusted to the unit’s officers in their roles as FIRST RESPONDERS comply with the legal framework. They provide training (initial and ongoing) to the unit’s staff and update official texts and directives. They can also assist or offer their support to officers in the Police Criminal Investigation Department as part of specific investigations.
To ensure that they are always at the cutting edge of technical and societal change, cooperation has been established between the French Gendarmerie and National Police, and the Monaco Police Department and Department of Justice. Staff in the unit participate in training and awareness courses on document fraud, counterfeit currency, close-range criminal identification techniques, crisis negotiation and communication, drug dealing and an awareness course in intelligence gathering and transmission.
The first aid team is responsible for providing Level 1 (PSE1) and Level 2 (PSE2) group first-aid training, annual retraining in first aid and retraining for lifeguards.
It also monitors and maintains medically equipped ambulances of Monaco Red Cross, maintains the capacity of the Advanced Medical Station and emergency kits located in the barracks and at guard posts.
The trainers are qualified in first-aid instruction and work closely with the Monaco Red Cross.
Fire safety forms part of the initial and ongoing training that Palace Guards undergo. Management of crisis situations, understanding and analysing the seriousness and risks of a situation, and possible options for action are some of the basic aspects in which they are trained.
Recruitment and Instruction Office
The remit of the Recruitment and Instruction Office is as follows:
- Interviewing applicants, administrative management of paperwork
- Preparation of competition: written, oral and sporting tests, interviews
- Final selection of future Palace Guards
- Training of Palace Guard cadets
- Continuous assessment of knowledge
The sports unit is made up of Palace Guards, who have received instruction in physical and professional activity, at the La Défense National Sports Centre in Fontainebleau, or at the National Police Officer Training School in Cannes-Écluse. The specialist unit also includes Palace Guards who have earned the National Certificate in Water Safety and Rescue.
Their role is to organise training sessions to maintain the physical condition of the Palace Guards, to carry out annual sporting tests for the Palace Guards, and to evaluate the physical condition of prospective applicants.