Spanish civil guard

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The Guardia Civil, or Civil Guard, is a law enforcement agency in Spain with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1844. Established by the Duke of Ahumada, its primary mission was to maintain public order and enforce the law in rural areas. Over the years, the Guardia Civil has evolved into a multifaceted force with responsibilities ranging from traffic control to counter-terrorism. Originally known for its rural policing role, the Guardia Civil played a crucial role in various historical events, including the Spanish Civil War. Today, it operates under the jurisdiction of both the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Defense, distinguishing it from other civilian police forces. The Guardia Civil is involved in a wide array of tasks, including criminal investigations, border control, and providing security in both urban and rural environments. Its presence is essential in upholding law and order throughout Spain, and it continues to be a key component of the country’s law enforcement landscape.