TG rides along with the Carabinieri
A 172mph Lotus. Blues and twos. Armed policemen. And a fridge. Organ delivery just got faster
Posted: 02 Dec 2011
Two state police officers edge past in a baby-blue Panda, gazing intently at the Evoras. If you're unsure how the Italian police system works, you're not alone. There are, in total, some half-dozen police forces in Italy, including - and I'm not making this up - the Forestry Police (presumably they're Special Branch). The carabinieri is unique among these because it holds military status, its officers trained as both soldiers and policemen, even acting as the official force of the Italian army, navy and air force.
This means two things. One, they are really not to be messed with. Two, they're often engaged in missions overseas: carabinieri are stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Lebanon.