Guardia di Finanza

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The Guardia di Finanza (G. di F. or GdF) (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡwardja di fiˈnantsa]) (English: literal: Guard of Finance, paraphrased: Financial Police or Financial Guard) is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is a militarized police force, forming a part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, not the Ministry of Defence. Guardia di Finanza is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling; it has also evolved into Italy's primary agency for suppressing the illegal drug trade. It maintains over 600 boats and ships and more than 100 aircraft to serve in its mission of patrolling Italy's territorial waters. It also has the role of border police and customs duties at Italian airports.

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Guardia di Finanza
Coat of arms of the Guardia di Finanza, depicting the Cimon della Pala
Coat of arms of the Guardia di Finanza, depicting the Cimon della Pala
MottoNec Recisa Recedit
Does not retreat even if broken
Agency overview
FormedOctober 5, 1774
Jurisdictional structure
National agencyItaly
Operations jurisdictionItaly
Governing bodyMinistry of Economy and Finances (Italy)
General nature
Specialist jurisdictions
  • Customs, excise and gambling.
  • Serious or complex fraud, commercial crime, fraud covering multiple lower level jurisdictions.
Operational structure
Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
  • Giuseppe Zafarana, General Commander

Interpol summarizes the Guardia di Finanza as "a force with military status and nationwide remit for financial crime investigations and illegal drugs trafficking investigations".[2]