|Central Operative Unit|
|Unidad Central Operativa (Spanish)|
The Central Operative Unit (UCO) (Spanish: Unidad Central Operativa) is a specialized division of the Civil Guard of Spain responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the most serious forms of crime and organized crime, whether national or international, as well as support to the Territorial Units of Judicial Police, that, due to lack of personnel or resources, or because the criminal field is more than one autonomous communities, require the support of this Unit.
The main crimes that the UCO investigates are:
Also, the UCO has the duty to realize investigations ordered by a judge, a court or a prosecutor.