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National Railway Police Service (SNPF)

The national railway police service (SNPF)

Following the degradations and violent passengers aggressions on board of a train between the cities of Nice and Marseilles at the time of New Year's Eve, the Minister of Interior decided at the beginning of January 2006, to create a police of the railroads called “National Railway Police Service” (SNPF).

This incident showed the need for a better coordination between the police forces responsible for security on the railway environment on whole France and at the borders.

Formally, the S.N.P.F was set up by a ministerial decree of June 27th, 2006 modified on February 1st, 2011. Its organization, its missions and its functioning are specified by a ministerial circular of September 28th, 2006.

Since April 22nd, 2010, the S.N.P.F falls under a national plan for the transport security which relates to all the transport networks (trains, bus, trams and subways). The action of the police forces and the gendarmerie on these networks is coordinated by a unit of coordination of transport security (UCSTC) placed at the General Directorate of the French National Police.




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