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Coat of arms of the Polizia Penitenziaria.

The Polizia Penitenziaria (Italian for Penitentiary Police) is a law enforcement agency in Italy.

According to Interpol, this force (part of the Ministry of Justice) has a "nationwide remit for prison security, inmate safety and transportation".[1]



Subordinate to the Italian Ministry of Justice, the Polizia Penitenziaria operate the Italian prison system as corrections officers. The Vatican City does not have a prison system, so the Vatican sends convicted criminals to the Italian prison system.[2]

The Polizia Penitenziaria was formed in 1990 to replace the former Corpo degli Agenti di Custodia. Professionalization and demilitarization were motives for creating the new organisation.

Europol (the EU's law enforcement agency), provides this summary of the corps' responsibilities:[3]

to "ensure order and security inside and outside the buildings, preventing unauthorized entry or exit. In addition, they manage to organize and educate for inmates, and provide transport, escort and guard services for prisoners. The Corps has its own marine service and dog and horse units. Finally, the Penitentiary Police can be deployed to carry out public order and security functions, including public rescue, in cases where they are required to help provide specific civil protection".

Polizia Penitenziaria has a sport team named Fiamme Azzurre.

Its vehicle livery is dark blue with a light blue stripe along the side and Polizia Penitenziaria in white letters under the stripe. Currently use some Lancia Lybra, Alfa Romeo 159 and Iveco Daily.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Italie". Interpol. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Is the Vatican a Rogue State?" Spiegel Online. 19 January 2007. Retrieved on 25 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Italy". Europol. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2019.

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