|Police of the Generalitat of Catalonia – Mossos d'Esquadra|
Policia de la Generalitat de Catalunya – Mossos d'Esquadra
|Common name||Mossos d'Esquadra|
|Formed||1721, as squads|
1874–1939 / 1950–1983 as guards of the premises of the Delegation of Barcelona
1983 as autonomous police of Catalonia
|Operations jurisdiction|| |
|Map of Police of the Generalitat of Catalonia – Mossos d'Esquadra's jurisdiction.|
|General nature||• Local civilian agency|
|Overviewed by||Directorate-General of Police|
|Headquarters||Egara Central Complex, 08206 |
|Minister (Conseller) responsible|
The Mossos d'Esquadra (Catalan pronunciation:
The force was founded in 1721 and named in the 19th century.
On July 21 1950 the Deputation of Barcelona was authorised to create a small security force using the historical title Mossos d'Esquadra. These new Mossos were a militarized corps having little similarity to the earlier incarnations, with limited powers and small numbers, which was in charge of protecting the government buildings of the Province of Barcelona.