Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona

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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
HeadquartersC/ Guàrdia Urbana, 2-4
08004 Barcelona

Elected officer responsible
  • Joaquim Forn i Chiariello, Councillor
Agency executive
  • Xavier Vilaró i Camps, Chief Intendant

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.

In December 2018 they killed a dog and leaved it unattended until his death.


Guàrdia Urbana mounted police.
Guàrdia Urbana transit police officer.

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



Guàrdia Urbana dune buggies on La Barceloneta beach.

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