Inauguration of the 2015-2016 academic year at the Carabinieri Official School

(To Arms of the Carabinieri)

In the morning, in the Aula Magna of the Carabinieri Official School of Rome, in the presence of the President of the Republic prof. Sergio Mattarella and the Minister of Defense sen. Roberta Pinotti, the inauguration ceremony of the Academic Year 2015 - 2016 took place.

In opening the ceremony, the school commander, division general Vittorio Tomasone, addressed his greetings to those present, explaining the educational activities carried out by the Institute, currently also attended by Afghan, Albanian, Chilean and Turkish officials.

General Tomasone then highlighted the important role played by the School not only in technical-professional training but also in moral training through "the daily call to exercise a responsibility made above all by an ethical sense".

Among the many authorities present in the audience, also the president of the Chamber Laura Boldrini, the vice presidents of the Senate sen. Linda Lanzillotta and sen. Maurizio Gasparri, the Minister of the Interior Hon. Angelino Alfano, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies Hon. Maurizio Martina, the Minister of Education, University, and Research sen. Stefania Giannini, the Minister of Health on. Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister for Simplification and Public Administration Hon. Maria Anna Madia, the vice president of the CSM on. Giovanni Legnini, the first president of the Supreme Court of Cassation dott. Giovanni Canzio, the undersecretary of state to the presidency of the council of ministers sen. Marco Minniti, the one at the Ministry of the Interior on. Gianpiero Bocci and the one to the Ministry of Justice on. Cosimo Maria Ferri, the president of the Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission, Hon. Rosy Bindi, the chairman of the Chamber of Defense Commission Francesco Saverio Garofani, the president of the State Council avv. Alessandro Pajno, the president of the Implementation Guarantee Commission dott. Roberto Alesse, the president of the Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water System ing. Guido Pier Paolo Bortoni, the president of the National Anti-Corruption Authority dr. Raffaele Cantone, the Gen. Defense Chief of Staff Claudio Graziano, the councilor for the affairs of the Supreme Defense Council and secretary of the Supreme Defense Council gen. Rolando Mosca Moschini, the military councilor of the president of the general republic, knows Roberto Corsini, the general director of the Department of Public Security and Chief of Police Prefect Alessandro Pansa, the Chief of Staff of the Marina Admiral sq. Giuseppe De Giorgi, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force sa Pasquale Preziosa, the general commander of the Guardia di Finanza general of ca Saverio Capolupo, the head of the State Forest Corps ing. Cesare Patrone, the director of the Aisi general of ca Arturo Esposito, the Ordinary Military Archbishop for Italy His Excellency Mons. Santo Marcianò, the president of the Gold Medal Group for the general VM of b. Umberto Rocca, the president of the National Association of Carabinieri in General leave of Libero Lo Sardo and representatives of the representative bodies of the Army.

The commander general Tullio Del Sette then took the floor, thanking all those present, sent a respectful greeting to the president of the republic, Sergio Mattarella, thanking him for his constant closeness to the institution.

A special greeting was addressed to the media, which play a fundamental role in "the affirmation of a free and civil society".

General Del Sette has, as usual on this occasion, outlined the Institution's situation, dealing with personnel, operations, support, and regulatory issues of direct interest, starting from the reference scenario of a " Institution that is at the same time Police Force with general competence, with an extraordinary proximity to the people and vocation for the environment, health and cultural heritage, and Military Force with the rank of Armed Force and exclusive tasks of military police ". "An institution that Italy can ascribe to those that are most efficient and appreciated even beyond national borders".

An institution that has its most important heritage in its staff. To be valued directing, protecting and supporting so that in the best conditions it can fully fulfill its tasks at any hierarchical level and in any assignment, “in the assumption that no-one is marginal whatever the service it performs if it does well, knowing that deviations from the ethical line of the Carabiniere, a moral man / woman, cannot be understood or acceptable ”. "... These are the ideal references, ancient and always current, that guide our action in every field - training, operational and management" - the general continued - "for which we work in unison in every department, in empathy and fullness assonance of intent with our Military Representation and, in particular, for me, the Carabinieri Section of the COCER, exemplarily vigilant and responsibly determined to report and support the reasons and expectations of the personnel ".

General Del Sette then illustrated the operational contribution of the weapon in the national security system. Pe as regards the police of prevention and judiciary, in a general framework in continuity with last year that sees a general decline in the crimes, "were above all the predatory crimes (robberies and thefts), those against the person (murders following robbery, homicides in the family, feminicides) and those against the public administration to adversely affect real and perceived security ". "At the same time, organized crime, active and pernicious in the regions of origin and, with increased capacity for penetration, in the north, flanked by foreign, contingent or structured criminal aggregations, above all in Eastern Europe and North Africa", was confirmed.

On the subject of public order, the general commander underlined the extraordinary efforts made for Expo 2015 and a “not particularly problematic trend” while highlighting the extraordinary activities “aimed at the prevention and repression of the terrorist threat, gradually growing exponentially for effect of jihadist aggression on Europe and the West connected to the deterioration of the Syrian-Iraqi framework and its expansive capacity, from the regions adjacent to Africa ". Scenario that has strongly affected the execution of “military police tasks carried out in favor of all the Italian armed forces, at home and abroad, as well as on the activities of protection of diplomatic representations, peacekeeping and on those, in happy expansion, of advising, assisting and training (consulting, support and training) for foreign, European and, above all, Eastern European police forces ".

The general of the Seven therefore dwelt on the National Security system which in terms of terrorism "certainly did not wake up at the dawn of November 14" but "has developed for years structures and procedures, essentially antibodies, with which to face the threat from the inside and from the outside ”, which have been operating for years with excellent results. Structures such as the ROS, on the investigative level, which on the eve of the Paris attack disrupted an Islamic terrorist organization with the arrest of 17 jihadists, and the Counterterrorism Strategic Analysis Committee (CASA), operating for over a decade at the Public Security Department, for information sharing and the adoption of the necessary countermeasures on preventive and repressive plans. In this context, the country can also count on elite forces, Special Forces "which boast levels of absolute excellence" whose synergistic use is governed by plans prepared and updated by the Ministry of the Interior. Among these departments the general commander wanted to mention "the GIS (Special Intervention Group), set up in the 1978 to face the internal subversive threat, is the unit of the weapon used for the most critical operational interventions, characterized by the presence of hostages , both in Italy, as a Special Intervention Unit at the disposal of the Minister of the Interior, and abroad, alongside the other military Special Forces, employed by the Chief of Defense Staff ".

The terrorist threat has pushed to increase the reaction capacities of all the departments, through operational directives and specific training sessions, in addition to equipping, together with the State Police, “First Intervention Rates, a unit that, for specific preparation, use of armored vehicles and special equipment - inserted in the Mobile Radio Units and / or in the departments of the Mobile Organization - are able to give an operative response suitable to immediately face any terrorist actions, pending the intervention of the Special Forces, if necessary, ".

The general commander then went on to describe the international commitment of the institution.

8 are the operational theaters in which 440 Carabinieri operate in peace keeping missions for the surveillance of respect for human rights or in training missions in favor of the local Police Forces, in addition to the same number engaged in guaranteeing the security of national diplomatic representations at 'abroad.

In particular in “Baghdad, Italy, in close collaboration with the Anti-ISIS Coalition and the Iraqi Ministry of Internal Security, last summer it designed and started training, entrusted to the Carabinieri, of the federal police forces and provincials "which allowed to form, with the applause also of the president of the United States of America, of 1300 Sunni and Shiite units," from an absolutely inclusive and impartial perspective, while three days ago a new course for 960 units began and soon the first will be launched for Kurdish-Iraqi policemen near Erbil ".

In Palestine from the 2014 has initiated, as part of a bilateral collaboration between Italy and thePalestinian National Authority, and at the request of the latter, the training of local police forces, "one of which was formed for the protection of cultural heritage".

In Djibouti the Arma trained 750 Somali police officers and trained in 350 gibutini investigative techniques. "Africa undoubtedly represents an important context for the control of international terrorism and transnational criminal trafficking - continued General Del Sette - hence the technical agreements with Somalia and Uganda, on the basis of which the ARMA, on government mandate, has seconded Councilors in favor of the commanders of the respective Police and is preparing for new collaborations ".

In addition to training abroad, there are training activities developed by Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) of Vicenza which - the general commander said - "established in the 2005 with the support of the US State Department, has so far trained more than 8.000 cadres of Police Forces of 97 Countries" as well as being identified by the European Union center "Coordinator of exercises for European and African police forces in the framework of police force training programs that contribute to civilian missions".

Also in Vicenza, the same office of the CoESPU was also established on NATO Center of Excellence on Stability Police (SPCoE), the only reference in the development of the doctrine of "stability police" (the stability policing). Training initiatives in favor of other States are also developed at theHigher Institute of Investigative Techniques - ISTI - of Velletri, pole of updating and study of investigative techniques and technologies applied to investigations, where on the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation judicial police operators of 10 are trained African Countries and 14 belonging to the Caribbean area.

"The innovative and dynamic approach adopted for the initiatives listed so far - continued the gen. Del Sette - and the search for solutions for emerging needs is the basis of the project "UNITE4HERITAGE". I speak of the "Blue Helmets for Culture" strongly desired by the Minister Franceschini, proposed in September by President Renzi to the UN and unanimously approved by UNESCO. A task force dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage in the event of natural disasters, international crises or armed conflicts ".

After confirming the validity of the operational model of the Weapon, which revolves around the Station "an efficient police service for the citizen, it is also an effective tool for combating the terrorist threat, above all on an informative level, with direct observation and contact with the people "and to the departments in close contact with the territory which is accompanied by the action" of the territorial investigation departments with a specialized vocation, the Investigative Units, at the provincial level, and the ROS, at inter-provincial and central level, supported by the Investigations Grouping Scientific, with the peripheral articulations of the RIS and of the Sections, of very high technological and scientific level ", the general Del Sette listed the most significant data of the institutional commitment in the 2015: 4.430.000 preventive services, 1.970.000 crimes prosecuted, 425 thousand offenders reported to the judicial authority, 69 thousand traits under arrest, of which 700 for association of t ipo mafia, one billion and 145 million euros of seized and confiscated assets, almost all the perpetrators of murders brought to justice. In the fight against organized crime the 2015 saw operations of great value "for all:" Aemilia ", against a 'Ndrangheta association, rooted in the north-central, with the arrest of 163 people; “Mondo di mezzo”, in Rome (started at the end of 2014), which revealed a system of corruption and infiltration of the Capitoline economic and institutional fabric operating according to the canons of the mafia-type association, with 71 arrested and other 59 investigated. Or even: the "Tulipano" operation in Rome on a Camorra partnership with 61 arrests in February; the "Pilastro" operation in Bari with 64 arrested by an Apulian clan; those that brought to Naples the arrest of 45 affiliated to the Camorra and 37 'ndranghetisti in Reggio Calabria; repeated extensive operations in Sicily, with dozens of mafiosi arrested between Catania, Palermo and Trapani and the seizure of assets worth over 26 million related to the fugitive boss Mattia Messina Denaro ”. The special departments that operate in the protection of health, cultural heritage, the environment, work, the genuineness of agri-food resources and for the defense of the currency against counterfeiting have, among other things, ascertained 5.900 criminal and administrative violations in environmental matters, 22.300 carried out checks and disputed sanctions for 55 million in labor matters, 11.500 recovered archaeological finds, some exhibited in the Museo Storico dell'Arma, removed from consumption 23.300 tons of counterfeit food products.

Among the 2000 and the 3000 carabinieri on the day of the organizations Territoriale and, above all, mobile - "now all distinguished by the Basque turquoise (amaranth for the 1 ° Regiment Parachutists" Tuscania ")" are engaged in services of public order, for more than half "shared with the State Police, especially the Expo, the Jubilee of Mercy, sports competitions, events, events, TAV yards, immigration centers ".

The general commander therefore recalled that "the near future is full of commitments and objectives of great importance", in adherence with the Government's line of efficiency and the enhancement of resources, continuing to "pursue the idea of ​​the human dimension in a "Institution that ... as in the past ... will make values ​​the crucial point of strength".

Commitments and objectives in the first place in the training sector where high basic training, "in which the structuring of the" exemplary citizen "must be fundamental" must be accompanied by constant professional and cultural updating. “Therefore we have developed intense sessions on intervention techniques, on the correct use of weapons in emergency situations and on the use of non-lethal physical coercion devices, also referred to defense sticks, distributed to the whole Territorial and to spray devices based on of capsicum oleoresin of forthcoming wide distribution, which better allow us to graduate the use of force so that it can always be contained within the limit strictly necessary to repel aggressions, simultaneously increasing levels of self-protection and protection of personnel ”. In addition to psychological training, to better develop reaction skills and self-control, continuous training in the investigative field, at-home training through an e-learning tool, in-depth study of foreign languages, English in particular, but also among other Arabic languages , Chinese, Japanese and Albanian.

General Del Sette then focused on some of the most important issues for the Institution, including that concerning the staff "which received concrete attention in the decisions of the government and parliament", thanks to the government's determination not to reply the block of the turnover and extraordinary enlistments of 1050 carabinieri for the years 2015 - 2016 that will guarantee the release of 5.000 new men and women over the two-year period, in addition to the possibility also for the Arma, thanks to a decree by Minister Pinotti, of to be able to temporarily recruit some officers of the “Selected Reserve, chosen from among graduates in possession of niche professional skills in the field of bioscience, information technology, cultural heritage and international relations to meet new needs of ROS, RACIS, Protection of Cultural Heritage and General Command "; the hope that the commitment and professionalism of the staff will be recognized, "in the" specific condition "provided for by the 183 law of the 2009"; the so-called "Madia Law which bears the mandate for the reorganization of roles" expected by 10 years. Many expectations and intense commitment, at internal tables, with the COCER, and joint forces, in the Internal and Defense sphere, to identify and propose to the Government the best implementation solutions, in a framework of full coordination between Police Forces and Forces armed (the latter recently endowed with similar delegation) ”; the restoration of the normal salary dynamics, thanks to the intervention of the Government and the Parliament and the satisfaction for the allocation of the 80 euros in favor of the non-managerial personnel of the Security and Defense sector; and finally in this positive context "the hope that the request, justifiably supported by the Military Representative, to start supplementary pension provision" may be accepted.

The initiatives that enhance the staff are accompanied, with the general aim of continuously increasing the efficiency of the instrumental resources, "the measures aimed at the adaptation of the structures, systems, equipment and means". Among the many prominent measures, “the distribution of 1400 devices“ ODINO ”to the Mobile Radio Units, tablet from 8 inches in direct connection with the databases and able to send photos and videos to the Operations Center and to allow satellite navigation”; the acquisition of new protective artifacts and the testing of a new departmental weapon to replace the PM12 and the study of a sophisticated system of "vocal biometrics" for the recognition of the items in the surveys; the strengthening of Cyber ​​security systems, "with the activation of a CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) at the General Command, able to defend the IT structures of the Weapon"; the implementation in general of all IT systems both in the administrative management and operational sectors; continuation of the vehicle fleet modernization program, also thanks to the new long-term rental program, “proposed by us, planned and financed by the stability law which, on its own, will allow the release of two thousand vehicles a year (on 2.500 necessary), with extraordinarily substantial cost savings in the early years and then significant when fully operational ”; rationalization in the air sector of the sites "in a perspective shared with the other Police Forces"; in the infrastructural field, the “refunctionalization of state-owned buildings” for a plan to save on leases, as already practiced for years and the energy efficiency of the most important complexes.

"Much has been done, even more to do" to best meet people's security demands.

Lastly, General Del Sette, before inviting the Minister of Defense to declare the Academic Year officially open, addressed the student officers. He recalled the privilege of attending a University, center of professional culture "to start or continue, for a lifetime of work, your mission as carabinieri, officers of the Weapon". "You have been carefully chosen for this, you are followed with care, you have extraordinary opportunities for study and cultural study ... You therefore have the duty to give your best, to apply yourself with energy, preserving and strengthening your freshness, strength and moral firmness, your ideals, your enthusiasm, your attachment to the institution ... Here you prepare yourself to be carabinieri and carabinieri commanders and to command requires knowing, knowing how to serve, knowing how to listen, knowing how to reflect, knowing how to teach, knowing how to assume responsibility knowing how to decide quickly and with courage ... live this period intensely "

The Minister of Defense had therefore taken the floor. Roberta Pinotti, greeting those present and recalling how the President of the Republic, well 16 years ago, as Minister of Defense wanted “in a wise and far-sighted manner, that the Carabinieri weapon, for its capillarity, diversification and its intrinsic specificity, it was elevated to the rank of Armed Forces ”.

He underlined the role offered by the Arm of “Establishment and defense of the Institutions, of order, security and protection of so many of those rights that all Italians now consider definitively acquired, if not granted: freedom, democracy, safeguarding human dignity, defending the weakest, respecting the law "all made possible above all by its" militarization ".

The minister highlighted that "many nations, even among the most advanced in the world, look with great admiration, respect and interest at this our Armed Force in terms of organization, employment, flexibility, specialization and innovation".

Taking his cue from the year-end speech of the president of the republic, he stressed that "the Carabinieri Corps, together with the other Armed Forces, has always been ... an impeccable example of that correctness, of that honesty, of that sobriety and of that institutional respect that our citizens ask of us ... ... Fruit of dedication, commitment, sense of duty and institutions, spirit of sacrifice and solidarity, physical, moral and intellectual courage, mature and conscious discipline, altruism and spirit of service in favor of the entire national community "reminding young student officers that this is what they are preparing for.

The minister then concluded by formulating to the student officers "the wish that, from the months spent in this school, until the end of your career that I hope long and prestigious for everyone ... you can, at the end of your every day in uniform, say, above all to yourself: "I did my duty", declaring 2015 - 2016 of the academic year open Officers Carabinieri School.