National security Statistical Department

INSEE and official statistics
Dernière mise à jour le :26/06/2015

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The ministerial statistical service for internal security (SSMSI) is a service of the Ministry of the Interior.

The SSMSI is under the joint direction of the Directors-General of the National Police (DGPN) and the National Gendarmerie (DGGN). It is placed under the central director of the judicial police.

It intervenes in the field of internal security and delinquency.

Main duties

The SSMSI centralises, controls, processes and disseminates data relating to internal security, in particular crime and delinquency recorded by the police and gendarmerie.

It disseminates to the general public information and statistical studies on subjects of internal security and delinquency, constructed on the basis of administrative data or statistical surveys.

It also provides cabinets, general and central directorates and local police and gendarmerie units with statistical information and analyses useful for developing, contextualising, territorialising, steering and evaluating internal security policies.

In addition, SSMSI participates in the work of international statistical bodies in the field of internal security and delinquency (EU/Expert Group on Policy Needs for Data on Crime, UNODC/ICCS, Praia, Group for Governance Statistics, etc.).

Statistical production

The SSMSI produces and disseminates monthly and annual statistical indicators on offences recorded by the security forces (police and gendarmerie), which constitute short-term and localized public statistics on the delinquency known to these services.

It is associated with the design and use of public statistics surveys measuring the number and characteristics of crime victims (victimization surveys). These surveys make it possible to supplement the recorded acts of delinquency, as victims of crime do not always file a complaint.

With the support of INSEE, the SSMSI is piloting the reflection on the evolution by 2022 of the overall framework of the Living Environment and Security survey (CVS). In addition, it is responsible for carrying out the European Gender and Security Survey (GENESE) in France.

Studies and Forecasting

The SSMSI carries out studies aimed at providing an understanding of delinquency and insecurity phenomena, analysing their evolution and location. These studies are essentially aimed at orienting, contextualising and evaluating public policies in the field of internal security.


The SSMSI disseminates on the site Interstats its productions, its studies as well as key figures from the statistical reference sources in its field of competence.