French Ministry of Interior - Technologies and Information Systems Department (France)

French Ministry of Interior - Technologies and Information Systems Department (France)

In September 2010, the Home Affairs Technologies and Information Systems Department, the ST(SI)², was created within the French Ministry of the Interior. This department acts with all operative police and gendarmerie forces (235 000 people) to:

  • conceive and pilot the realisation of information systems,
  • administer the computer and radio network,
  • lead projects relating to technological equipment (automatic number plate recognition, “war room”, video and surveillance equipment, UAV, etc.),
  • promote new technologies research & development,
  • forge strong links with firms, SME’s and research centres,
  • improve standards and participation in national and European research projects as FP7 security calls,
  • develop the use of new processes for greater efficiency in the field of homeland security.

Operating under the dual authority of general directorates for the national police and the gendarmerie, the ST(SI)² is led by General Bernard PAPPALARDO. It includes almost 300 personnel, mainly police and gendarmerie officers, but also engineers and technical specialists. The ST(SI)² has an annual budget of €250 million. Since 2006, the Ministry of the Interior has been acting at a European level to coordinate security needs and to participate in FP7 projects as a public user or consortium member.