Since 1800, the uniforms worn by civil servants of the prefectural corps have been regulated. If the costume has undergone changes during its history, its current appearance is defined by the ministerial decree of November 5, 2019 which provides for three types of outfits depending on the situation. Explanations.
It is the oldest uniform since the Consulate (1799 / 1804). The Paris Police Prefect is responsible for the entire internal security system on the territory of Paris and the inner suburbs. The prefect of the defense and security zone of Paris, by his formal title, is appointed by the Council of Ministers.
Four of his main collaborators are also prefects: the director of his cabinet, the secretary general for administration, the secretary general of the defense zone, and the delegate prefect for the safety and security of Paris airport platforms. -Charles-de-Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget. One point brings them together: their uniform.
Fixed by ministerial decree, the prefectural body has three outfits: official dress, operational dress and evening dress, the use of which is optional, explains Marc Burg, himself prefect, in a Linkedin post. For each of them, a lighter outfit is provided when necessary.
Official or ceremonial dress
The official dress, which is also called ceremonial dress, is the one that corresponds to the current dress. It consists of a navy blue double-breasted jacket with shoulder tabs and embroidered sleeve cuffs. The pants have a black silk band. Overseas, as well as in the Var, there is a “great white” ceremonial outfit that is worn without a band.
For female civil servants, the ceremonial dress is identical but the prefects or sub-prefects wear either trousers or skirts, and wear an embroidered tricorn cap. They also wear a white blouse with long sleeves, with a collar tied in pussy bow or tie, or a classic collar with pussy bow.
The embroideries, few in number compared to the old uniforms, retain a symbolic importance. The oak and olive leaves represent authority and public peace respectively. They are intertwined in two garlands on the cap, and juxtaposed on the sleeves.
The shoulder straps of the prefect’s uniform also bear two oak leaves and two olive leaves. Sub-prefects hold the same symbols but have a single garland on their cap and sleeve. The shoulder straps of their uniforms have two oak leaves but only have one olive leaf.
The prefectural body also has an operational outfit. Created to better respond to crisis or public order situations in which the prefectural body is involved in the field, this outfit consists of a midnight blue jacket with shoulder pads and embroidery, as well as a removable rank insert on the arms.
Cap and pants remain the same as for the other outfits. It also has a golden tie pin with oak and olive leaf motifs. For female personnel, the jacket is worn without a tie or ascot.
The evening dress
Finally, the prefectural body has evening dress, the use of which is optional. It consists of a spencer in midnight blue fabric for mainland France, and in white fabric for overseas territories, with embroidered and removable shoulder pads.
The sleeves are without embroidery. The shirt is white, with French cuffs and a white bow. The pants are midnight blue with a black silk band.
The decree also provides that the cut of the uniform can be adjusted to the silhouette, without undermining the solemnity of the outfit.