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Being a Carabiniere

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Una immagine dal libro Arma dei Carabinieri"The Carabinieri are true builders of legality and security, examples of a kind of generosity that is committed to the common good”. These are the words used by General C.A. Leonardo Gallitelli to define the Carabinieri at the turnover ceremony on July 23, 2009, when he took up the post of Commander in Chief. They are our most precious resource, an inescapable parameter of everything we do. This is why the Corps has always dedicated great care and attention to the selection, ethic and professional training and motivation of its officers. This allows every Carabiniere, at all times, to fully identify with the core values of the Institution, and take on a commitment that goes beyond the limits of professional practice to become a lifestyle, an ethical bond with generations of Carabinieri that have followed one another since 1814.

The National Centre for Carabinieri Selection and Recruitment sees to the identification of applicants that effectively meet the safety needs of the citizens and fully fit into the international operating environment. Through a selection process, the best of the aspiring candidates are chosen to be placed within the Benemerita.

The Carabinieri Training Organisation, provides the necessary professional skills and expertise for the newly-recruited personnel. It is composed of several basic training schools, institutes and centres for the specialisation in various disciplines (from investigative techniques to foreign languages and psychology) and for the achievement of specific qualifications or skill-levels (dog-handling, horse-riding, skiing, climbing, helicopter piloting, IT skills etc.). The top Carabinieri training facility is surely the Carabinieri Officers School in Rome, a school of strong values and a modern “university of security”, which has been active since 1884 in training the Corps' future leaders and following them in their careers with refresher courses. The school is, first and foremost, attended by young Officers coming from the two-year training at the Military Academy of Modena (“ruolo normale”) who, following a further three-year course (corso di applicazione), obtain a degree in law. The school is also attended by other Officers (“ruolo speciale” and “ruolo tecnico-logistico”). The institute offers each of its students a personal computer, multimedia classrooms, laboratories for the simulation of police activities and for foreign language learning, state-of-the-art sports facilities, a well-stocked library and a sophisticated shooting range.

The Scuola Marescialli e Brigadieri is in charge of the training and updating of Warrant Officers and Sergeants. It is based in Florence and divided into two Regiments (one in Florence and the other in Velletri near Rome). In particular, the winners of the Warrant Officers public competition attend a three-year academic course (the first year in Velletri, the second and third in Florence), at the end of which, in addition to the rank of 3rd class Warrant Officer, candidates complete their bachelor's degree in “Social Security Operators” at the School of Political Science, at the University of Florence.

The technical-professional training of the Carabinieri is entrusted to the Legione Allievi Carabinieri, which heads seven Cadet Schools located throughout Italy (Rome, Turin, Fossano, Iglesias, Benevento, Campobasso and Reggio Calabria). Here, the Carabinieri follow a 12-month training course of a highly technical level and professional conduct, including the study of forensic and investigative subjects and criminology, foreign languages and information technology, as well as hands-on training for the use of the most modern technologies. Hence, the Corps is able to immediately deploy military agents to meet the diverse needs of intervention. The training procedure is fully consistent with the positive results achieved by the Istituto Superiore di Tecniche Investigative (I.S.T.I.), whose goal is to bring the detective back into the centre of the investigation, without ignoring the need of support from the most advanced technologies.