With an area of only 88 square miles, Urbino is a small city. Because it is so intimate, the local police officers get to know the citizens well, and it is that personal relationship that marks their enforcing the law.
“What I like most is getting to know people more,” Branchesi says. After being a police officer for 38 years, he believes he knows about 90 percent of the city’s 15,600 citizens. But having such a relationship with the people can make it difficult to issue citations.
“Sometimes you’d like to let things go but you can’t,” sighs the lean, six-foot officer. However, sometimes, as with the motorcyclist, the police will let people off with a warning.
Whether issuing a citation or not, he says he tries always to be kind and never arrogant. The city of Urbino earns around 450,000 euro (about $565,300) a year from fines, which is average for a city of its size according to Branchesi.
There are three types of police in Urbino: The national police, or Carabinieri; the provincial police; and the local police. All applicants go through the same process to become members of the force: They are required to have a completely clean record, free of even minor offenses, and must take the same competitive examination. However, the Carabinieri and state police control the nation and province, while Urbino’s local police have authority over the city.
“The beauty of our job is this: Constantly getting to know everyone, to give our services to everyone,” said Branchesi.
City police work six days a week, six hours a day. Once a week, they work nights. On Thursday, the local college students’ party night, the local police patrol the streets. They keep a watchful eye for drunk drivers, prevent littering and vandalism, and make sure that the bars are obeying the ordinances of the city, such as only serving take-away drinks in plastic containers.
Typically, the officers’ day begins in the office. Each day they have a variety of tasks that range from keeping children safe on their way to school to regulating traffic. Usually their days are relatively quiet, but there is always someone at the station to answer calls in an emergency…
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