Originally Posted by Floater
The gendarmes don't belong to the police (even if it's a police force). They belong to the army.
The French Gendarmerie nationale
are still administratively part of the army (and provide the army's Military Police) but, since 2009, report operationally to the Minister of the Interior, like the Police Nationale
Canada's national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police become le Gendarmerie royale du Canada
in French, in reference to the historical origin of gendarmes as mounted police units.