Yann has been with the general directorate of France’s National Police, under the oversight of the Minister of the Interior, since 2009, where he is in charge of a division that addresses anti-terrorism issues across France
From 2006 to 2009, Yann was chief of Paris’s 18th judicial police station –the SARIJ (Service d’Accueil, Recherche, et Investigation Judicaires), which processes and investigates criminal charges. The 18th SARIJ is one of the most important judicial services in France due to the high level of criminality in this Parisian district, with its densely populated neighborhoods such as Barbès, Château-Rouge, La Chapelle; and popular tourist destinations, such as Montmartre, le Sacré-Coeur, and Pigalle. Yann served as chief of the capital’s 13th SARIJ, which is located in the south of Paris in the Chinatown district, from 2005 to 2006, and as the chief of the 12th SARIJ in 2004.
Prior to his police work, Yann served in the military from 1998 to 1999 as an analyst with the Paris Fire Department. He analyzed major events, such as notable fires, cases of arson, serious accidents, and structural collapses. His analyses were used in debriefings, trainings, and in the Paris Fire Department’s news magazine. He continues to work 24 hours per month as an officer reservist. He has been charged with forming a Fire Investigation Union with the Fire Prevention Unit. During his time with the Paris Fire Department, Yann developed a partnership with the Fire Department of New York, undertaking three stays with the FDNY in 1998, 2002, and 2008, working closely with Salvatore Cassano, now FDNY chief.
In 2000, Yann earned a Master II (5-year university degree) in labor law from Paris I – La Sorbonne. From 2002 to 2004, he studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Police at Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’Or Lyon, finishing his studies ranked third of 71. He also earned a Master II from Lyon III University in law and security policies in 2004.
In his non-professional life, Yann enjoys swimming and cooking. In addition to a considerable knowledge of wine, he earned a technical degree (CAP) as a pastry chef in 2011 and pursued training courses at the Georges V Hotel in the pastry department.