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Police in Italy are organised into a number of different organisations with different remits.
- Arma dei Carabinieri or just Carabinieri - military police who also have civilian duties (much like the Gendarme). They handle general crime, drug offences and public order.
- Polizia Statale – while the Carabinieri are military, the Polizia Statale are completely civil; they handle assaults and thefts, patrolling and investigative enquiries. They are also responsible for policing the motorway and railway network. Based in Rome it has regional and provincial divisions.
- Guardia di Finanza - a military organisation and part of the army, it is charged with investigating financial crimes such as tax evasion, smuggling, laundering, the mafia and so on. It is also charged with keeping public order and patrolling the borders.
- Polizia Provinciale - provincial police forces in most of the provinces taking care of regional and provincial hunting and fishing laws and environmental protection.
- Polizia Municipale - for each comune the Polizia Municipale enforce local traffic laws and regulations, petty crime, anti-social behaviour and suchlike.
- Polizia Penitenziaria - prison guards and policing the prison system.
- Corpo Forestale dello Stato - forestry police who police poaching, animal protection, forest fires and suchlike.
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