The animal received the National Defense bronze level medal on Tuesday, “for services rendered during his career in the ranks of the gendarmerie”.
Messi, a 6-year-old Malinois shepherd, received the National Defense bronze medal on Tuesday, “for services rendered during his career in the ranks of the gendarmerie”.
The animal evolved within the surveillance and intervention platoon of the gendarmerie (PSIG) of La Flèche (Sarthe). As the website of the Ministry of the Interior relates, the PSIGs are units “whose priority vocation is the fight against crime on the public highway, carried out in a preventive and dissuasive manner, in the most sensitive sectors and periods, in particular nocturnal”.
Messi will have carried out, alongside his master the chief marshal Clément, more than 260 tracking interventions and 70 on judicial operations, all carried out in the Pays de la Loire region, as related. West France.
“His flair will have enabled him to find several missing people and to avoid dramatic outcomes or to direct the research of the gendarmes of the territorial units in charge of these disappearances”, details the local daily The news Captain Frédéric Boucherin, commander of La Flèche company.
At the end of May 2021, he was engaged in the search system deployed to find the man who had seriously injured a policewoman in La-Chapelle-sur-Erdre (Loire-Atlantique).
Messi was also mobilized to secure upstream places of ministerial and presidential visits in the Pays de la Loire region. Before these feats of arms in the gendarmerie, Messi had been trained at the National Center for Dog Training of the Gendarmerie in Gramat (Lot), in 2017.
Tuesday’s ceremony took place in the barracks of the Sarthe gendarmerie group, in Le Mans. Messi must now leave for Maine-et-Loire, where he will retire.