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Vatican police show off new hardware on feast day

During the parade, the Gendarmerie showed off the newest additions to their police force which included Ducati motorcycles and smart cars. ;The Gendarmerie is also responsible for certain emergency services. The police vehicles were then followed by the Vatican?s own firetruck and ambulance. The vehicles were then followed up by a marching band and the Gendarmerie officers. The official ceremony of feast day was then celebrated with a handing over of the flag. The Gendarmerie police force along with the Swiss Guard are responsible for providing Vatican security. The Swiss Guard are responsible for protecting the pope while the Gendarmerie are charged with regular police duties such as border control, crime prevention and investigation, and enforcement of financial and commercial regulations. ;AEFFHC-BN