Coopera Programme

Crime is not limited by borders or jurisdictions. Society must use every resource to fight crime and the collaboration of all the institutions engaged in protecting the people must take part in this fight. By law, the Guardia Civil is tasked with fighting every type of crime, regardless of where they are committed. To achieve this, the support from each and every member of the public is required.

In that respect, since 2006 there is a General Plan for Collaboration with the Private Security Sector under the Guardia Civil’s COOPERA Programme. This will enhance cooperation by establishing the collaboration framework between the Guardia Civil and the Private Security companies in shared areas of responsibility, by exchanging information to join efforts and look for synergy between public and private security services strengthening the capacities of both and improving global security.

Spanish law (Ley Orgánica 2/1986 de Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad) establishes the tasks for the National Police Force (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía) and the Civil Guard (Guardia Civil). The Guardia Civil is in charge of:

  • Arms and explosives as established by law.
  • The protection of the State’s economic interests including actions to avoid and prosecute smuggling.
  • Traffic control and patrolling on public intercity roads.
  • The custody of land communication routes, coasts, borders, seaports, airports and some special facilities.
  • Enforcement of regulations regarding the protection of nature and the environment, water resources, as well as hunting, fishing, forest or any other nature related wealth.
  • Intercity transport of prisoners and detainees.
  • Other tasks established by law in force.


In any case the program will work within the territorial scope of the Guardia Civil in the broader sense.


Incorporation to the programme

In any case the program will work within the territorial scope of the Guardia Civil in the broader sense.

Adherence to the Programme is achieved by signing a cooperation protocol developed by the Protection and Security Service (SEPROSE).


Form for joining the cooperation protocol.


Type of relationship, communication, coordination and training

Level of relationship: the information exchange will be direct and bidirectional:

  • Executive. At a central level between SEPROSE central office and the executive director of the organisation adhered to the protocol.
  • Operator. Between the provincial headquarters and the territorial directors appointed by the companies.

Communication channels: Through web-based technology and telephone:

  • Institutional website with restricted access for reports, researches and communications. An access code will be provided when joining the Program.
  • Email, telephone and SMS.
    • At executive level:
    • At operational level: through the liaison officer with the private security sector in each province headquarters.
    • Urgent communication: through the Service Operational Service (COS) by dialling 062.

Coordination groups: Permanent mixed groups directed by the Guardia Civil with activities in different sectors (banking, infrastructures, transport of sensitive material, housing estates, industrial estates, etc.). They will meet at least every six months at operational level and once a year at executive level, without prejudice to keeping a permanent point of contact.

Training: the necessary training support shall be provided to Private Security Staff, especially to those working in a very close relation with the Guardia Civil. The training actions for the executive staff will be the responsibility of SEPROSE; the provincial headquarters will be responsible for the operational staff. Executive staff from private security companies will take part as students or as speakers in the Guardia Civil’s upgrading courses.