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Romanian Gendarmerie
Jandarmeria Română
Common name Jandarmeria
Abbreviation JR
COA-Jandarmeria Romana.svg
Coat of arms
Battle flag of Romania (Gendarmerie model).png
Military colors
Law and Order
Agency overview
Formed 1893
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency ROU
General nature
  • Law enforcement
  • Gendarmerie
Operational structure
Headquarters Bucharest
Agency executive General Gavrilă Pop (05.10.2012-).[1], General-Inspector
Parent agency Minister of Administration and Interior
(English) Romanian Gendarmerie

Jandarmeria Română (Romanian pronunciation: [ʒandarmeˈri.a roˈmɨnə]) is the military branch of the two Romanian police forces (the civil force being the Romanian Police).

The gendarmerie is subordinated to the Ministry of Administration and Interior[2] and does not have responsibility for policing the Romanian Armed Forces. This duty lies with the Military Police subordinated to the Romanian Land Forces.


File:Jandarmi Rurali în Formaţie.jpg

Rural gendarmes in 1923

The beginnings[]

The first Gendarmerie corps was created on April 3, 1850 in Moldavia by the Prince Grigore Alexandru Ghica. After the Union of Wallachia and Moldavia in 1859 under Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the Gendarmerie was subordinated to the Ministry of War as a separate armed force.[3]

During the Romanian War of Independence of 1877-1878, it mainly served as military police, but it also took part in combat.

Rural Gendarmerie[]

In 1893, the Rural Gendarmerie (Jandarmeria Rurală) was established by the Law for the Organization of the Rural Gendarmerie (Legea pentru organizarea Jandarmeriei rurale) as a military corps under the authority of the Ministry of Justice for policing the countryside and under the authority of Ministry of War for military police functions. The bill was proposed by Lascăr Catargiu's Conservative government and it was promulgated by the King on August 30, 1893.[3] The first article of the Ordinance regarding the Implementation of the Rural Gendarmerie Law mentioned that:[3]

The organization of the Rural Gendarmerie, as described in the law, makes this institution a military body, subordinated to the Interior Minister, with the mission to maintain the public order and security. It is also subordinated to the Justice Minister, the Public Minister for policing duties, and to the War Minister for all the aspects regarding military discipline, command and troops' training.

The Peasants' Revolt of 1907 revealed the unpreparedness of the Gendarmerie and its inability to control and quell the rebellion. As a result, another bill (Legea Jandarmeriei) was adopted on March 24, 1908. The new law re-organized the institution, making it a component of the Army with provost duties and transferring commissioned officers from the Army to the Gendarmerie.[3]

The world wars[]

The Romanian Gendarmerie was engaged during the Second Balkan War and the First World War with military police duties, policing the front, guarding important installations and organizing the evacuation during the 1916 retreat. The corps also saw actual combat during the 1917 campaign (see also Romanian Campaign (World War I)). The Gendarmerie oversaw the demobilization of the Army in July 1918 and the re-mobilization in October 1918 and maintained the public order in the new territories.[3]

Upon the entry of Romania into the Second World War on June 22, 1941, the Gendarmerie took over its military police duties again. It was also involved in the deportation of Jews and Gypsies to Transnistria in 1941 and 1942 (see also Romania and the Holocaust).

Cold War era[]

After the war, the purged and disbanded (on January 23, 1949) the Gendarmerie, its personnel being redistributed to the newly created Directorate for Security Troops, modeled after the NKVD Internal Troops.[3]

After 1989[]

The Romanian Gendarmerie was re-established on July 5, 1990.

Starting in 2006, the corps abandoned conscription and in 2007 it became an all-professional military force.


Its duties[4] include:

  • Maintaining and restoring the public order:
    • Crowd and riot control
    • Policing the mountainous areas[5] and the Black Sea Coast resorts[6]
    • Counter-terrorism activities
  • Pursuing and apprehending fugitives and deserters
  • Security of sensitive and vital installations, such as:
    • Public institutions, ministries and courts
    • Embassies and consulates
    • International airports (until 2005)
    • National museums
    • Nuclear power plants
  • Security and protection of the secret mail all over the Romanian territory.


General Inspectorate of the Gendarmerie[]

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Riot control exercise


Gendarmes on parade

The General Inspectorate of the Gendarmerie is the central structure of the Romanian Gendarmerie under the command of a General Inspector (Inspector-general) appointed by the Minister of Interior.[7]

The General Inspector is assisted by 3 deputies.[8] The first deputy (prim-adjunct) is the chief of the Gendarmerie Staff and heads the Operational Planning and Management, Guard and Institutional Protection and the Public Order and Security Directorates. The other two deputies manage the Human Resources and the Military Schools Directorates, and the Logistics, IT and Communication Directorates respectively.[9]

The task of the General Inspectorate is to plan, manage, coordinate and control the territorial inspectorates, the Mobile Squads, the Special Intervention Brigade and the military schools.[7] The General Inspectorate of the Gendarmerie also acts as an interface of the organization with the other law enforcement agencies and the Interior Ministry.

Territorial organizations[]

The Romanian Gendarmerie is divided in 41 territorial inspectorates, corresponding to each county (judeţ), and the General Directorate of the Gendarmerie in Bucharest.[10]

Additionally, eight Gendarmerie Mobile Groups (Grupări Mobile) operate on a territorial basis,[10] with headquarters in Bacău, Braşov, Cluj Napoca, Constanţa, Craiova, Ploieşti, Târgu Mureş and Timişoara.[11]

Special Intervention Brigade[]

The "Vlad Ţepeş" Special Intervention Brigade has national jurisdiction.[11] It handles special and high-risk situations, such as heavy rioting, hostage rescue and counter-terrorist operations.[12]

Gendarmerie military schools[]

The officer cadets are trained for becoming commissioned officers at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Police Academy in Bucharest.[10]

In addition, the Mihai Viteazul Military School in Bucharest offers post-graduate courses (in collaboration with the French Gendarmerie[13]) for commissioned officers, while the Grigore Alexandru Ghica Military School in Drăgăşani trains non-commissioned officers.[10]

Combat Supply and Logistics Base[]

Also known as "Baza de Aprovizionare pentru Luptă şi Gospodărire" (B.A.L.G.), "Baza de Administrare şi Deservire" or "U.M. 0260" is a technical administrative unit under the command of General Inspectorate of the Gendarmerie. Its primary duties include administration of the buildings and other facilities inside the Inspectorate courtyard, the Gendarmerie's shooting range, vehicle repair and maintenance and farms providing food for the personnel of the Gendarmerie. The farms are located north of Bucharest.

List of commanders[]

The commanders of the Gendarmerie since its establishment in 1893:[14]

  • Mihail Rasty (1893–1896)
  • Ioan Manoliu (1896–1898)
  • Sache Poroineanu (1898–1899)
  • Nicolae Alexandrescu (1899–1901)
  • Gheorghe Mirinescu (1901–1908)
  • Anton Berlescu (1908–1917)
  • Constantin Sterea (1917–1918)
  • Ludovig Mircescu (1918–1919)
  • Ştefan Ştefănescu (1919–1920, 1922–1927)
  • Mihail Racoviţă (1920–1922)
  • Ioan Vlădescu (1927)
  • Cleante Davidoglu (1927–1928)
  • Gheorghe Constantinescu (1928–1929)
  • Constantin Stavăr (1929–1930)
  • Eracle Nicoleanu (1930–1931)
  • Constantin Dimitrescu (1931–1934)
  • Barbu Părăianu (1934–1938)
  • Ioan Bengliu (1938–1940)
  • Ioan Topor (1940)
  • Constantin Vasiliu (1940–1944)
  • Constantin Anton (1944–1946)
  • Ioan Alistar (1946–1949)
  • Ion Bunoaică (1990–1995)
  • Octavian Chiţu (1995–1996)
  • Stan Stângaciu (1996–1999)
  • Anghel Andreescu (1999–2001)
  • Tudor Cearapin (2001–2005)
  • Costică Silion (2005–2009)
  • Olimpiador Antonescu (2009– 2010)
  • Coste Gavrilă (2010–2012)
  • Mircea Olaru (2012 - )


Gendarmerie Cavalry in winter dress uniform

During the period up to 1915 the Romanian Gendarmerie wore a distinctive dress comprising a shako with white plume, dark blue tunic with red facings, white trefoil epaulettes and aiguillettes plus light blue trousers with red stripes. Mounted units of the Gendarmerie wore a silver helmet with spike and white plume, a similar tunic to the foot branch but with yellow epaulettes and aiguillettes, white breeches and high boots.

Currently the Romanian gendarmes wear dark blue berets/caps, shirts/T-shirts and trousers as everyday uniforms, while the dress uniform consists of a light blue tunic, white shirt, dark blue tie and dark blue trousers for the commissioned officers, and a dark blue tunic, white shirt and dark blue trousers for the NCO's and privates. The Honour Guard (Garda de Onoare) wears a light blue and black uniform of nineteenth century style with plumed kepis, white fringed epaulettes and red facings.[15]

Ranks and insignia[]

Because the Gendarmerie is a military body, it uses the same ranking system as the Romanian Land Forces.

Flag Officers (OF 10 - 6) and Officers (5 - 1)[]

NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) Student Officer
 Romania (Edit) RO-Gendarmerie-OF9.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF8.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF7.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF6.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF5.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF4.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF3.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF2.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF1a.png RO-Gendarmerie-OF1b.png No Equivalent No Equivalent
Mareşal1 General General-locotenent General-maior General de brigadă Colonel Locotenent-colonel Maior Căpitan Locotenent Sublocotenent

Other/Enlisted ranks (OR 1 - 9)[]

NATO Code OR-9 OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Romania (Edit) RO-Gendarmerie-OR9.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR8.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR7.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR6a.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR6b.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR5.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR4.png RO-Gendarmerie-OR3.png No Equivalent RO-Gendarmerie-OR1.png
Plutonier adjutant
Plutonier adjutant Plutonier-major Plutonier Sergent-major Sergent Caporal Fruntaş Jandarm

International affiliations[]

The Romanian Gendarmerie is a full member of the Association of the European and Mediterranean Police Forces and Gendarmeries with Military Status (FIEP), along with the French Gendarmerie, the Italian Carabinieri, the Spanish Guardia Civil, the Portuguese Guarda Nacional Republicana, the Turkish Gendarmerie, the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie and the Dutch Royal Marechaussee.[16]

After Romania's accession to the European Union, the Jandarmeria sought to be accepted as permanent observer to the European Gendarmerie Force, as a first step towards full membership.[17] On March 3, 2009, the Romanian Gendarmerie became full member of the European Gendarmerie Force.[18]

International missions[]

Since February 2002, 115 Romanian gendarmes have been deployed in Peć, Kosovo, as part of the UNMIK police force.[19]


  1. (Romanian)***: Un nou șef la Jandarmeria Română, [1] 10 mai 2012, accessed on July 9, 2012.
  2. OSCE entry on National Gendarmerie
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 (Romanian) Repere istorice, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  4. (Romanian) Atribuţii, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  5. (Romanian) Structuri montane, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  6. (Romanian) Structuri zona litoralului, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  7. 7.0 7.1 (Romanian) I.G.J.R. - Atribuţii, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  8. (Romanian) I.G.J.R. - Comandă, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  9. (Romanian) I.G.J.R. - Organigramă, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 (Romanian) Organizarea Jandarmeriei, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  11. 11.0 11.1 (Romanian) Structuri mobile, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  12. (Romanian) Structuri antiteroriste, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  13. (French) Inauguration de l’Ecole d’application pour les officiers de Gendarmerie "Mihai Viteazul", 13 novembre 2002, French Embassy in Romania, accessed on April 16, 2007
  14. (Romanian) Galeria comandanţilor, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on December 7, 2009
  15. Uniformia militaria - Jandarmeria Romana official website of Romanian Gendarmerie
  16. (Romanian) Cooperare multinaţională (Multinational Cooperation), Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007
  17. (Romanian) Politica europeană - Forţa de Jandarmerie Europeană (European Policy - European Gendarmerie Force), Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on January 22, 2009
  18., EGF News, accessed on March 23, 2009
  19. (Romanian) Jandarmeria Română în Kosovo, Romanian Gendarmerie website, accessed on April 14, 2007

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