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The national authority for public order and security in Italy is the Ministry of Interior. It has command over the five police forces which operate throughout the country, exercising its authority over them through its Department of Public Security (DPS).

The DPS is headed by the “Chief of Police - Director General of Public Security” who is appointed by the President of the Italian Republic upon recommendation of the Ministry of Interior.

The DPS is in charge of the technical and operational coordination of law enforcement activities carried out by the five national police forces. Their investigations are coordinated through the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and each one sits structurally in a different Ministry:

  1. Polizia di Stato (Ministry of Interior): serving as the state police, this national police force is part of DPS.  Its responsibilities include investigative and law enforcement duties, and the security of motorway, railway, and waterway networks;
  2. Arma dei Carabinieri (Ministry of Defence): a force with military status and nationwide remit for crime investigations.  It also serves as the military police for the Italian armed forces and can be called upon for national defence action;
  3. Guardia di Finanza (Ministry of Economy and Finance): a force with military status and nationwide remit for financial crime investigations;
  4. Corpo Forestale dello Stato (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies) : a force with nationwide remit for environmental crime investigations;
  5. Polizia Penitenziaria (Ministry of Justice): a force with nationwide remit for prison security, inmate safety and transportation.

The DPS manages, supports and administrates the five police forces through its coordination boards, multi-agency schools, information structures and joint databases. The DPS’s role will increase over time with a view to maximising overall law enforcement efficiency. 

In the months to come, the 'Corpo Forestale dello Stato’ and ‘Carabineri’ will merge to form a new law enforcement agency with the crime investigation and prevention mandate of both agencies.

INTERPOL Rome

The INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Italy is part of the International Police Cooperation Service (SCIP), a branch of DPS. 

SCIP is one of the multi-agency structures of DPS. It is headed, on a rotation basis, by a high ranking official of either the Polizia di Stato, Carabinieri or Guardia di Finanza and is staffed by officers from the five police forces. It is responsible for coordinating international investigations and police action on behalf of the five Italian police forces.

SCIP is made up of:

  • Division 1: General Affairs:
     - International Operations Centre;
     - Italian liaison officers network;
     - Policy, strategy and technical support.
  • Division 2: INTERPOL;
  • Division 3: INTERPOL;
  • Division 4: Europol National Unit;
  • Division 5: S.I.Re.N.E.

The two INTERPOL Divisions share between them responsibility for the following crime areas:

  • Crimes against people;
  • Crimes against property;
  • Economic crime;
  • Environmental crime;
  • Fugitives;
  • Human trafficking and migrant smuggling;
  • Missing persons;
  • Narcotics;
  • Organized crime;
  • Terrorism.
INTERPOL Rome in action
27 July 2017

Heads of INTERPOL and Italian police discuss global security

ROME, Italy – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with Franco Gabrielli, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security to discuss global security issues including organized crime and terrorism.Border security was a key issue on the agenda, particularly in relation to migrant smuggling and security threats to the Southern Medi...
15 June 2017

Tackling regional crime through global cooperation focus of INTERPOL meeting

SANTIAGO, Chile – Intelligence sharing and international collaboration against regional organized crime was the emphasis of a Fortaleza-CRIMJUST meeting hosted by Chile’s National Police – PDI and INTERPOL.Participants discussed ways to tackle transnational crime via INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza and Project CRIMJUST, a European Union-funded initiative imp...
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
08 March 2016

INTERPOL Bureaus in Rome and Bogota capture one of Colombia’s most wanted fugitives

One of Colombia’s most wanted drug criminals and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice has been arrested in Italy following close police cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Bogota and Rome and with the support of the Organized Crime Investigation branch of Italy’s ‘Guardia di Finanza’.At the request of INTERPOL Bogota, an INTERPOL...
16 December 2015

Protecting Cultural Heritage exhibition, United Nations headquarters

As part of the Protecting Cultural Heritage initiative, a photo exhibition of stolen and recovered cultural items is being held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City from 14-24 December 2015.Protecting Cultural Heritage is a joint initiative between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Jordan and Italy in cooperation with UNESCO, INTERPOL and...
26 November 2015

Works of art stolen in Verona, Italy

On 19 November 2015, 17 masterpieces worth some EUR 20 million were stolen at the Castelvecchio Civic Museum in Verona, Italy.Three masked armed men broke into the museum and after restraining a security guard snatched the paintings and made their get-away in a car.Both Italy’s Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and the Questura of Verona...
27 September 2015

Global initiative launched to counter the destruction and trafficking of cultural property by terrorist and organized crime groups

UNITED NATIONS, New York – A new international initiative to enhance the protection of cultural heritage targeted by terrorists and illicit traffickers has been launched on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.The “Protecting Cultural Heritage—An Imperative for Humanity” initiative was presented by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs...
12 August 2014

Albanian fugitive targeted by INTERPOL arrested in Ecuador

LYON, France – The arrest and positive identification in Ecuador of Dritan Rexhepi, the subject of several INTERPOL Red Notices for internationally wanted individuals and a target of a global INTERPOL fugitive operation, has been hailed by the world police body following international cooperation via INTERPOL.   The Albanian national, aged 34, escap...
11 March 2014

Italy Police Chief visit to INTERPOL focuses on enhancing law enforcement cooperation

LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, Prefect Alessandro Pansa, Chief of the Italian Police and Director General of Public Security of Italy, examined areas in which Italy can strengthen its cooperation with the world police body.As Italy will hold the European Union presidency during the second half of 2014, Prefec...

Red Notices 14

COLOSI
ANTONINO
Age today: 71 years old
Nationality: Italy

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RAIMONDI
FRANCO
Age today: 71 years old
Nationality: Italy

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All wanted persons

Yellow Notices 22

BIENAIME
BENEDETTA
Age today: 11 years old
Nationality: Italy

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CELENTANO
ANGELA
Age today: 24 years old
Nationality: Italy

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All Missing persons

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