French National Police Aviation

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The civilian French National Police Force is known as the Police Nationale. Air support is normally provided by the Securite Civile or Gendarmerie. In 2006 a helicopter was borrowed from the Securite Civile, and a Cessna aircraft obtained on lease, to evaluate the usefulness of direct air support. The evaluation was carried out by the Police aux Frontières (PAF, Border Police) directorate of the Police Nationale. Both the aircraft and helicopter were later returned.

Key Dates

9 July 1966    Police Nationale formed from Sûreté Nationale
12 July 2006    First helicopter received – AS.350B
? 2006    First fixed-wing aircraft delivered – Cessna Caravan
mid 2008    Helicopter returned to previous owner

Current Status

The Police Nationale no longer use any aircraft.

Future Plans

No plan known.


Special Markings

PN aircraft operated in civil markings with no national insignia. Additionally, the title POLICE was also carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

French Police helicopters and aircraft carried civil registrations in the sequence assigned to the Securite Civile, eg: AS.350 F-ZBEA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS.350B Ecureuil 1 July 2006 2008 Securite Civile
Cessna F406 Caravan II 1 2006 2007 leased

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service: None known.


Main Headquarters

Direction Générale de la Police Nationale, Place Beauvau, 75008 Paris, France.

Organisational Structure

A bureau de la police aéronautique (Office of Police Aviation) oversaw the evaluation within the PAF of the Police Nationale.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopter was based at Toussus le Noble for the evaluation.

More Information


French Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Official French Police webpage
wikipedia: National Police(France)
Les hélicoptères de la POLICE

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.