Christian Ghirlanda

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Commissaire divisionnaire Christian Ghirlanda began his career in 1985 as a policeman at CRS 45 (public order company) in Chassieu and then worked at CRS 50 in La Talaudière. He was deployed at many serious law enforcement events, particularly those in New Caledonia in May 1988. In 1991 he passed the competitive examination for the rank of Peace Officer and was posted as a Lieutenant to the CRS 55 in Marseille and then to the CRS 06 in St Laurent du Var. This time, as a section leader or half-company leader, he was confronted with major public order events. In 2000 he joined the office of the Prefect of Police in Corsica. He was in charge of the organization of official trips, including a deconcentrated Council of Ministers in Ajaccio, he managed the use of policing forces in Corsica and was responsible for the security of the deployment of the Euro fiduciary on the island in 2002. In 2009, he joined the Ecole Supérieure de la Police Nationale de Saint Cyr aux Monts d’Or and became Police Commissioner. He was appointed Deputy Director of Public Security in Ajaccio.

He was responsible for the policing of many football matches of the Premier Ligue and the organization of the arrival and departure of stages of the Tour de France cyclist in Ajaccio. In 2014 he joined the Central Direction of the CRS in Paris as Deputy Director of Logistics. He designed the new EGIDE water launcher with a capacity of 10,000 liters. In 2018, he took over the position of Deputy Zonal Director of the CRS in the Western zone where he manages 1650 police officers and administrative and technical staff. He frequently commands large-scale CRS operational groups of up to 2000 police officers in the field. He is a trainer for the senior management of the CRS and speaks on behalf of the Centre National des Arts et Métiers on the subject of policing. He is the author of two books, one written in 2019 “Diriger le maintien de l’ordre” and the other in 2022 “Le Maintien de l’ordre, arbitre de la paix sociale.” He is a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.

Chapter in Anthology:
The “Yellow Vest Protests”. A Challenge for Police and Democracy