This period is tied to the process of political change and the development of the Rule of Law. Priority was lent to public service, considered from the standpoint of citizens, loosening the strictness and formal nature of procedures with the aim of achieving efficiency and effectiveness. The foundations were laid for decentralising the Guardia Urbana and the process of modernising services was sped up.
The main goals of the Guardia Urbana of Barcelona included a concern for citizen safety and sensitivity to the quality of the environment and living conditions on the public highway, as well as dealing with traffic.
The first breath test was conducted on 25 November 1975.
The trade union organisation of the Guardia Urbana was new and could be tied in with the vindicating trade union struggles fought by municipal officials. Until the previous decade there was an association of municipal officials. However, it was from 1978 onwards with the new Spanish Constitution that the trade unions of the Guardia Urbana police force really began to emerge.
After receiving the name of Municipal Police, in September 1978 the force once again took on the current, definitive name of Guardia Urbana.
The first class of recruits to the Guardia Urbana of Barcelona, which included women, was formed on 1 October 1979. This first class was composed of 20 women and 124 men. They were grouped into one single unit and were assigned highly specific tasks.
One year later, with the decentralisation of the female members and expansion with a new class of recruits, things began to change. Gradual incorporation into new functions led to women carrying out all manner of police activities.
April 1983 saw the start of lectures being given on citizen safety to mark the 30th anniversary of the School of the Guardia Urbana. These lectures strived to provide more solutions to issues such as insecurity and crime.
In April 1984, a citizen information service was set up on various Barcelona radio stations. Nine of the main stations broadcasting in the city connect with the 092 service and provide information on the situation on the roads and try to offer solutions to possible difficulties occurring on the roads.
In 1987, the microcomputer was introduced into the organisational structure and it made it possible to manage and plan services more swiftly.
Providing every officer on the public highway with a pocket radio made it possible to develop a network of patrols, assistance and information with a widespread level of coverage.
The gradual process of standardising the police institution and drawing it closer to the situation facing society today enabled women to be recruited as officials in the Guardia Urbana in 1987.
In order to achieve optimum organisation, in 1988 civil staff were included in order to carry out all non-police work, this enabled 60 officers to be freed up for operational tasks.
Qualitative changes took place in the organisational structure of the force in 1989. This resulted in the culmination of the first stage for launching, renewing and adapting district headquarters. Propinquity became a more characteristic feature of citizen service and working conditions for the employees of the Guardia Urbana were improved.
In 1991, a computing plan was drawn up, compiling and using all the employment activities taking place in the various police stations. The daily activity pages optimise the process of administrative and technical management and make it easier.
During the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the Guardia Urbana was characteristic for the strength of its organisation. It took part in decision-making, met the constant demands for services and assisted with the tasks of support.
Celebrations were held on 26 November 1993 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Guardia Urbana of Barcelona. The events included an exhibition on the 150 year history of the force and the change of name of the street Avinguda de la Tècnica to Carrer de la Guardia Urbana. The name was changed because the city wished to acknowledge the endeavours undertaken by this police force over the course of this long period.
In 1995, the citizen safety model entered a new stage with the community project. Relations between citizens and the Guardia Urbana are based on the principle of propinquity and joint responsibility. Particular stress was lent to guidance for preventing and solving problems. Likewise, the degree of involvement on the part of officers in service management was also heightened. Indeed, this had been an historic demand.
In 1996, a new stage began to modernise management and improve services.
Particularly noteworthy events include the full renovation of the Command Centre with the application of the MYCELIUM project. The former units of the 092 service, the information service and the matrix switch were all brought together.
In Calgary (Canada) in 1997, Barcelona was chosen to host the 2003 World Police and Fire Games.
1998 saw the launch of the new corporate image. It entails the design and change of the plate, which is adapted to the new municipal coat of arms. It is applied to parts of the uniform, on the identification of vehicles and at police stations.
In 1999 the new chest plate, a symbol of modernity which includes the new city coat of arms, was introduced. The insignia was also updated and adapted to the design of those of the Mossos d'Esquadra as a step forward in the process for standardising and coordinating the police forces of Catalonia.