In term of security, the principal aim of the Guàrdia Urbana is to safeguard citizens' well-being and quality of life while consistently demonstrating respect for their fundamental rights and freedoms. To this end, efforts are directed towards prevention and prompt emergency response.

The Guàrdia Urbana is responsible for ensuring security in the following areas:

  • Citizen security: The Barcelona Guàrdia Urbana is responsible for ensuring the safety of people and property in the city. This includes preventing and investigating crimes, cooperating with other security forces during emergencies, conducting patrols to prevent criminal acts, and managing situations of conflict.
  • Road safety: The primary responsibility of the Barcelona Guàrdia Urbana is to guarantee safety in the flow of traffic within the city. This includes regulating traffic, preventing accidents, managing traffic-related information, and cooperating with other organisations during emergencies. Special operations are also organised to safeguard school environments.
  • Administrative policing: the Barcelona Guàrdia Urbana conducts administrative inspections of establishments, activities and events in the city. During these inspections, officers verify compliance with the requirements established in the corresponding activity licence and current general and specific regulations.
    In addition, they work closely with other municipal services and the relevant judicial authorities to ensure compliance with ordinances and other legal provisions.