ⓘ Intervention and Neutralisation Groups


ⓘ Intervention and Neutralisation Groups

The Intervention and Neutralization Group is a specialized intervention unit of the Algerian National Gendarmerie.

This unit is part of the first degree intervention units joining the security and intervention sections SSI of the gendarmerie.

It is part of the gendarmeries elite units, together with the Special Intervention Detachment DSI and the Security and Intervention Sections SSI.


1. History

The intervention and neutralisation groups were initially created in 2009, the first unit was created in the wilaya of Sidi Bel Abbes at the level of the 2nd military region.

However, it is from 2013 that most of the current units were created following the reorganization of the GIN wanted by the command of the national gendarmerie, their mission panel was thus enlarged and their organization was modified.

The GIN belongs to the intervention group IG, which is the gendarmeries riot control and law enforcement unit,2 and the groups are stationed directly at IG headquarters.

GIN units are therefore currently found in the wilayas of Sidi Bel Abbes, Algiers, Blida, Jijel and Tipaza and other wilayas in Algeria.

They have joined the Security and Intervention Sections SSI with whom they work jointly.

In addition, some SSI units have been merged with GIN units was the case in Algiers and Blida.

The SSI and GIN units are quite similar in terms of equipment and are easily confused by the population, however their mission panels are quite different from each other.


2. Organization

The GIN is thus positioned within the IG units spread all over Algeria, each group has several specialized units such as dog units, hostage release units, law enforcement.


3. Missions

The GINs mission is:

  • The fight against illicit trafficking
  • The arrest of specialized criminal groups and gangs
  • The "hard" arrest in the homes of criminals
  • Operational support to members of the Special Response Detachment SDR or Task Forces TF in major crises
  • Support for territorial brigades to contribute to security and the preservation of public order
  • The antigang
  • The fight against terrorism and the release of hostages in a confined or other environment
  • Escorting dangerous detainees or high-profile individuals
  • Intervention in Public Order Disorder Situations
  • Supporting law enforcement and riot control units during demonstrations or events

4. Training and coaching

GIN members are recruited directly into IG units or directly into gendarmerie brigades, they are therefore trained at the level of the special intervention detachment DSI in combat sports, shooting, combat in urban and semi-urban areas.

Some members are also trained in parachuting at the level of the Higher School for Special Troops ESTS in Biskra as well as in commando techniques at the Commando Training and Parachuting Initiation School EFCIP in Boghar.

In addition, every year a large-scale exercise is held in each military region where these are evaluated.


5. Weapons and personal equipment


All the GIN gendarmes are double-armed handgun in addition to an assault rifle and they also possess specific weapons and equipment that vary according to the nature of the intervention.


  • Taser
  • Bulletproof shield
  • Tear gas
  • Grenades
  • Telescopic stick

Individual equipment

  • Bullet-proof vest
  • Rangers
  • Protective goggles or face shield
  • Green jumpsuit
  • Handcuffs
  • Tactical vest
  • Belt
  • Combat gloves
  • Thigh or Hip Holster
  • Helmet

Means of transport

  • Mercedes-Benz riot van, Iveco Daily.
  • 4X4 vehicles Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz. of the gendarmerie
  • Unmarked 4X4 vehicles