How does the Bac work? They explain to us …
How do you get into an anti-crime squad?
To integrate a Bac, you must have passed physical and psychological tests. Six events are on the program: shooting course, psychological tests, cardio-respiratory endurance test, motor skills course, professional knowledge test, including the drafting of an interpellation report, and interview with a jury.
Once they have entered the Bac, the police must pass an accreditation (motivation interview and update on past years) every three years. In the event of non-authorization, the police officer must change service. “In recent years, there has been a bit of a disaffection with the Bac, observes Commissioner Cédric Fèvre.
How is the Bac organized? With what equipment?
The agents of the local anti-crime brigades work mainly in civilian clothes. And travel in an unmarked vehicle. “In a big city, it’s easier to go unnoticed, but here in Draguignan, people get to know us”, pick up Mike and Damien.
The Bac de Draguignan has six agents and patrols every day, until nightfall. The police-rescue crews then take over. Armed, like any police officer on the public highway, the “baqueux” – or “bacman” – also have ballistic helmets, heavy shields and equipment against mass killings, notably the HK G36 assault rifle.
Finally, they have a Core X4-Neo phone allowing them to have access to certain useful data in the field, such as the national registration file, the processing of criminal records (Taj) and the national driver’s license file.
What about training?
“In theory, every police officer is entitled to 2 hours of sport per week”, says Commissioner Fèvre.
Bac agents have five mandatory training sessions per year, which include, among other things, shooting sessions and reminders related to professional technical intervention gestures.
The qualities of a good baqueux?
“Physical abilities are one thing, but it’s not everything. Let’s say 20% of the work, indicates Major Thierry. The rest is knowledge of individuals and topography. It is essential to know the places, so as not to waste time. Over time, experience also allows us to understand who does what, and how. “