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Current Title: Servizio Aereo - Polizia di Stato
Title in English: Air Service - Italian State Police
Abbreviation: Polizia


Narrative Summary:
Initially created as the Corpo delle Guardia Pubblica Sicurezza. In 1981 the Corpo was de-militarised and renamed to its present title. In 1962 the Corpo began to borrow Air Force helicopters for various missions. In 1971 a dedicated air support unit was established.

Key Dates:
19??    Corpo delle Guardia Pubblica Sicurezza established.
1962    Corpo starts borrowing Air Force helicopters.
1 January 1971    Servizio Aero established.
3 August 1971    First helicopters received - AB.47J.
24 May 1981    Corpo renamed Polizia di Stato.

Current Status:
To be added.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:
          Main markingFin Flash
Aircraft and helicopters wear the main marking on the fuselage sides. All types carry the service titles 'POLIZIA'.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Italian Police helicopters carry a two- or three-digit serial number prefixed by the letters PS- (for Polizia di Stato), eg: AB.206A PS-24. Fixed-wing aircraft are similar, but have a letter A or B ahead of the number, eg: P.180 Avanti PS-B15.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
Agusta A.109A 7 5 Policing local
Agusta A.109A-II 6 6 Policing local
Agusta-Bell AB.206A-1 13 12 Policing local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-III 21 19 Polcing local
Agusta-Bell AB.212 23 23 Utility/Transport local
Agusta-Bell AB.412 1 1 VIP Transport local
Bell 212 2 2 Utility/Transport USA
Partenavia P.68OBS Observer 6 5 Patrol/Observation local
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 2 2 VIP Transport local
Vulcanair P.68 Observer 2 14 13 Patrol/Observation local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Agusta A.109A 7 19?? current local
Agusta A.109A-II 6 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.47G 3 1971 1987 local
Agusta-Bell AB.204B 1 19?? 19?? local
Agusta-Bell AB.206A-1 13 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-III 21 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.212 23 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.412 1 19?? current local
Bell 212 2 19?? current USA
Partenavia P.64 Oscar 3 19?? 2004 local
Partenavia P.68OBS Observer 6 19?? current local
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 2 2006 current local
Vulcanair P.68 Observer 2 14 19?? current local

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service: None known.


Main Headquarters:
Not known.

Current Organisational Structure:
The Servizio Aereo is currently organised into eleven air units at locations around the country, plus a central standardisation unit.

Current Order of Battle:

Squadron Type Base
1 Reparto Volo Not known Pratica di Mare
2 Reparto Volo Not known Milano-Malpensa
3 Reparto Volo Not known Bolgona-Borgo Panigale
4 Reparto Volo Not known Palermo-Boccadifalco
5 Reparto Volo Not known Reggio-Calabria
6 Reparto Volo Not known Napoli-Capodichino
7 Reparto Volo Not known Oristano-Fenosu
8 Reparto Volo Not known Firenze-Peretola
9 Reparto Volo Not known Bari-Palese
10 Reparto Volo Not known Venezia-Tessera
11 Reparto Volo Not known Pescara
Centro Addestramento Standardizzazione al Volo Not known Pratica di Mare

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
See table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


To be added


Official Italian Police webpage

wikipedia: Polizia di Stato

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