National Republican Guard (Portugal)

The National Republican Guard (Portuguese: Guarda Nacional Republicana) or GNR is the national gendarmerie force of Portugal.

Republican National Guard
Guarda Nacional Republicana
Coat of Arms of the Guarda Nacional Republicana
MottoPela Lei e Pela Grei
For the Law and for the People
Agency overview
Employees27,000 employees
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionPortugal
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersQuartel do Carmo, Lisbon
Parent agencyMinistry of the Internal Administration (in peacetime)
Portuguese Armed Forces (in wartime)
Significant operation

Members of the GNR are military personnel, subject to military law and organisation, unlike the agents of the civilian Public Security Police (PSP).

The GNR is responsible for the preventive police and highway patrol in 94% of Portuguese territory. At national level, GNR also has duties of customs enforcement, coastal control, nature protection, search and rescue operations and state ceremonial guards of honor.

Since the 2000s, the GNR has provided detachments for participation in international operations in Iraq, East Timor and other theatres.