The national police force of Italy is known as the Italian State Police, or Polizia di Stato. This government agency is responsible for law enforcement and civil policing throughout the region of Italy. With over 104,000 employees, the agency has a number of different organizations that it administer, including traffic police, railway police, mountain police, bomb squad and immigration and border police. This agency fall under the Department of Public Security, this is a branch of the Ministry of Interior of Italy.
School of Police
The Police School (La Scuola Superiore di Polizia) is the education institution that all police candidates must attend to receive training and qualification in order to be a representative and employee of the Italian State Police.
The primary goal of the Police School is to ensure that all candidates receive training of the highest standards and that they are qualified for protecting civilians against crime and terrorism. The Police School is committed to providing all individuals with the values and discipline that is a required to become a public servant of the Italian government.
Candidates who wish to serve in the State police must attend the Police School to receive the appropriate physical fitness training. Cadet Officers and technical operators receive their basic training at the Police Academy, with specialized training provided at advanced school for police officers. Police specialties include the following:
- Dog handlers
- Mounted police
- Traffic police
- Bomb squad
- Sea police