about the Catalan Police forces?
You're not the only one! Who do you go to if your car
is stolen in town, you have an accident, or suspect fraud?
There are three main police forces operating in Catalunia, with the
The MEF (Mossos d'Esquadra):
Protection of people and properties
Maintaining public order
Surveillance & protection of public demonstrations and maintaining
Assistance at accidents and disasters
Enforcement of Catalan Government legislation
Crime investigation (although some of this is dealt with by the CNP and
Cuerpo Nacional de Policia (CNP)and Guardia Civil - (GC)
- (These are currently merging into the GC):
Protecting state buildings & officials and Safety of state
Guarding coasts, borders, ports, state-run airports and customs
Immigration, control of the entry & exit of firearms, explosives &
Criminal investigation and judiciary
Policia Local A separate force for each of the 180
municipalities with over 5,000 inhabitants)
The safety of citizens within their municipality
The safety of the citizens of it's municipality
Road traffic and associated matters
Juvenile delinquency prevention
Bodies coordinating these forces are: The Catalan Council for
safety, representatives from the Central and the Autonomous Government,
The Municipality Safety Council, The Coordination Rooms (one for each
Catalan province), and the Securities Police Council.
The entire system works surprisingly well - crime and anti-social
behaviour is very low and the juvenile crime rate is one of the lowest
So if your car is stolen, go to the Policia Local.
You have an accident in a country lane: report it to the Mossos
And if you suspect you have been a victim of fraud try the CNP or
Hope that has clarified the situation!