You don’t have to be in Rome long before you realise that there are so many enforcers. In the UK we have The Police, which are throughout the country, but run regionally but still following the same laws. More recently Community Support Officers, who are similar to the Police but with less powers.
In Rome there seem to be so many different types of Law Enforcement. I am not sure who they all are and what jurisdiction they have. The two main forces I noticed were the Carabinieri and the Police.
But there were also others, including Carabinieri who seemed to be older, and also noticing Voluntari on their badge. In the shot below they are standing outside the entrance to “Il Vittoriano”, the Altare della Patria. The Carabinieri on the left was blowing his whistle at anybody who sat on the steps or sat on the floor, couldn’t understand why but maybe that’s his job!
I thought I would do some quick research on whether there are different departments within the Carabinieri. After typing that I thought I would do some research. If I typed in “VOLONTARI VIGILANZA BENI CULTURALI” in Google translate I got “VOLUNTEER SUPERVISION CULTURAL HERITAGE”, but if I typed it in lower case “Volontari Vigilanza Beni Culturali” I got “Volunteer Guard Cultural Heritage”. A little more looking and use of translation it seems that there is an association for retired Carabinieri, where they are looked after and helped to find work or volunteering. As you can see I am no authority but you is more than welcome to correct me on this or give a better understanding.
It seemed to me that they had a different affiliation depending on the colour of their shirts, but what was also surprising was the number of Police that wore tabards as seen at the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain).
I was wondering if some were part of the Police Force, but maybe a different section of say Tourist Police, who maybe deal with tourists and being more of a help to tourists and keeping order, rather than the criminal side of things. I thought I would include 2 shots of this officer at The Colloseum, as she looked so stern in the shot on the right, where she was staring at me, but so cheerful passing a comment with her comment below.
Outside the Palazzo dei Senatori in the Piazza del Campidoglio, where white shirted officials. These also seemed more linked with the Police than Carabinieri. It seems that there is a different security for different buildings. Whether they come under the Authority of the Italy or just of Rome.
Also on the Piazza del Campidoglio next to the Palazzo dei Senatori is the Palazzo Nuovo, where it seems once again to be guarded by the Carabinieri. I was bewildered by this, as the statue inside seems to be Michelangelo’s “David”, but I know that is in Florence, but I have been unable to find out if this is a copy or a different version.
I do know that the Piazza del Campidoglio was designed by Michelangelo so maybe this is the link.
It was funny though, that so many people tried to walk in through the entrance that this guard was in front of, but he wouldn’t allow them in, instead directing them to another entrance.
I spotted a Traffic Officer at the crossing on the Via del Corso where it meets Piazza Venezia. Although he was similar, the difference here is that he had a domed hat, but like some of the Carabinieri, he had a whistle.
The Carbinieri always seemed to be around though. Whether it was in a mobile Carabinieri van as below.
Or speeding along the closed off Via dei Fori Imperiali, with their arms hanging out of the window, and their blue lights flashing.
I suppose as in all walks of life they have to take time out. I don’t know if this is a Carabinieri Officer or just a Security Guard, but he is playing it safe by having a smoke next to the Fire Hydrant.
The only thing that seems to be certain though, is that if you are given Authority, you are given a gun!