Central Directorate of the Judicial Police

Logo of the DCPJ.

The Central Directorate of the Judicial Police, abbreviated DCPJ, (French: Direction centrale de la Police judiciaire) is the French national judicial police responsible for investigating and fighting serious crime. It is part of the National Police service of France.

Mission and responsibilities

The DCPJ is responsible for fighting serious crime nationwide except Paris and its suburbs which are under the responsibility of the Prefecture of Police of Paris. Since 2009 its responsibilities cover:


The DCPJ is divided into 4 sub-directorates:

It has a strength of 5,200 employees.


The first national judicial police was created in 1907 by Georges Clemenceau and Célestin Hennion. The Brigades régionales de police mobile (Regional Brigades of Mobile Police). They were also called Brigades du Tigre (Tiger Squad), "le Tigre" being the nickname of Georges Clemenceau. The logo of the DCPJ figures a tiger and the silhouette of Clemenceau.

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