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Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona

Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona
Common nameGuàrdia Urbana
Agency overview
FormedDecember 8, 1907
Preceding agency
  • Guàrdia Municipal
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Governing bodyAjuntament de Barcelona
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersC/ Guàrdia Urbana, 2-4
08004 Barcelona
Elected officer responsible
  • Joaquim Forn i Chiariello, Councillor
Agency executive
  • Xavier Vilaró i Camps, Chief Intendant
  • Ciutat Vella
  • Eixample
  • Gracia
  • Horta-Guinardó
  • Les Corts
  • Nou Barris
  • Sant Andreu
  • Sant Martí
  • Sants-Montjuïc
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

The Guàrdia Urbana (English: Urban Guard) is the municipal police force for the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.


Originally it was formed in November 1843 as the "Municipal Guard". Although in 1907 it became the "Urban Guard".

Originally their police officers were armed with a sabre, pistol, and a rifle. Following Tragic Week events in 1909 the force was demilitarized, and officers are now armed with sidearms for personal defence.

During the early 20th century the force based their uniform types around that of the British Police uniform.[1] The emergency contact number is 092.


Guàrdia Urbana mounted police.
Guàrdia Urbana transit police officer.

Police officers carry long batons, Walther P99 pistols and PDAs.[2]



Guàrdia Urbana UTV's on La Barceloneta beach.

See also


  1. ^ "Guardia Urbana". Archived from the original on July 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Technical operational equipment | About us | Guardia Urbana | Barcelona City Council website Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Badges | About us | Guardia Urbana | Barcelona City Council website Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Mobile Units | About us | Guardia Urbana | Barcelona City Council website Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

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