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Police Flag

by Alessandro Martinelli, 7 May 2005

New police flag of Italy as seen to wave here on the barracks at Rome.
Alessandro Martinelli, 7 May 2005

Other Law Enforcement Services

Polizia di Stato (State Police)

Article in Italian at <>.Granted in 1930.
Herman FMY, 21 June 2005

Polizia Penitenziaria (Corrections Police)

Image of flag, pike, staff at <>. Decree at <>. Granted on 19th October 1993.
Herman FMY, 21 June 2005

Guardia di Finanza (Customs Police)

From what I understand, they are administered by both the defence &  finance ministries and are considered a military infantry formation. They thus have a Bandiera di Guerra (Colours) like those of the Army & Air Force.
The site <> lists these:
- Bandiera di Guerra della Guardia di Finanza
- Bandiera d'Istituto dell'Accademia
- Bandiera d'Istituto della Scuola Ispettori e Sovrintendenti
- Bandiera d'Istituto della Legione Allievi.
Herman FMY, 21 June 2005

See also: Customs Pennant

Arma dei Carabinieri (Military Police)

Article with regards to their parade and ceremonial flag in Italian at <>.
Herman FMY, 21 June 2005

The Carabinieri are not (only) a military police, they are best known for their police roles (judicial, public order and security). There a short Carabinieri history in English at <>.
Santiago Dotor, 21 June 2005

See also: Carbineers Pennant

Fire Brigade Flag

There are news with regards to the presentation of a flag to the Italian Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco (Fire brigade) that took place sometime in February this year. The decree of 18 February 2005 in full (in Italian) is located at <>. A short report is also available at the site of the Corpo Nazionale dei Vigili del Fuoco at <>. I believe the flag is similar in some ways to the Bandiera di Guerra (Colors) of the army units as observed from photographs.
Herman FMY, 19 June 2005

Only the second paragraph in article 2 deals with the flag itself: a 99cm square flag, made up of three equal pales (vertical stripes) of green, white and red. The remaining paragraphs in that article describe the finial ("puntale"), the staff ("asta"), the sash ("fascia") and the "cordoniera" (not exactly streamers, rather aiguilette-like cordons, I have been unable to find out the precise English term).
Santiago Dotor, 20 June 2005