MILITARY AND POLICE CORPS

 

MILITARY AND POLICE CORPS

Although it a neutral State with a universally recognised vocation to peace, the Republic of San Marino has voluntary Uniformed Military Corps representing the sovereignty of the State. Therefore, there is no compulsory military service but all citizens aged 16 to 55 may be recruited, in special circumstances, to defend the State. These traditional military institutions, which have ancient origins, represent a sort of “small peace army” and testify to the affection felt by San Marino citizens for their country and traditions.

Voluntary Military Corps are the following:


- the Uniformed Militia, which participates in official ceremonies and cooperates with the maintenance of public order on special occasions; the Military Band ( http://www.bandamilitaresanmarino.org/   BANDA MILITARE SAN MARINO) is also part of this Corps;

(Video Festa delle Milizie)


- the Guard of the Great and General Council, called Noble Guard in ancient times, is a special corps entrusted with the task of defending the Captains Regent and the Great and General Council; it participates in official ceremonies and cooperates with the maintenance of public order on special occasions, mainly of an institutional nature; it performs guard duties during parliamentary sittings

 

www.guardiadelconsiglio.sm


- the Fortress Guard-Artillery Unit, which is equipped with cannons to fire salvoes, according to an ancient military protocol, during official ceremonies and institutional events.

 

 

There are also three Police Corps:

 


- the Gendarmerie, established to prevent and repress crimes, maintain public order, protect citizens and their property, monitor the observance of the State laws and offer assistance in case of calamities (it is a military corps); www.esteri.sm

 

 

 

 

 

- the Uniformed Fortress Guard, entrusted with the task of monitoring the observance of the laws and patrolling the State borders, the Government Building and the institutional seats; it also cooperates in the prevention and repression of crimes, maintenance of public order and security and monitoring of compliance with customs regulations, as well as w  ith monetary and financial laws, and it offers assistance in case of calamities and accidents (it is a military corps); www.esteri.sm

 

 

 

- the Civil Police is entrusted with the task of supervising the citizens’ freedom and rights, public order and security, as well as the observance of laws, preventing and repressing crimes and offering assistance in case of calamities and accidents; it also performs some specific functions concerning taxes, hygiene and social security, civil protection and fire fighting, protection of employees and of the environment, control, protection and prevention in the fields of commerce, tourism, food and road traffic, verification of personal/demographic data (it is not a military corps but it is equipped with arms);    www.interni.segreteria.sm        www.dipartimento.interni.sm

 

 


- the National Central Bureau of Interpol is entrusted with the task of favouring cooperation between San Marino Police Forces and those of the other member countries;


- the Police Department is responsible for coordinating San Marino law enforcement agencies Dipartimento di Polizia.

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