Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona

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Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona
Common name Guàrdia Urbana
Abbreviation GUB
Logo of the Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona
Agency overview
Formed December 8, 1907
Preceding agency Guàrdia Municipal
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Barcelona in the autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain
Governing body Ajuntament de Barcelona
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters C/ Guàrdia Urbana, 2-4
08004 Barcelona
Elected officer responsible Joaquim Forn i Chiariello
Agency executive Xavier Vilaró i Camps, Chief Intendant
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

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 dune buggies on La Barceloneta beach.

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