The first female motorbike officer

Patrolling is a crucial part of police work. The police vehicles used primarily for patrolling and responding to incidents are cars and motorbikes. The latter allow for rapid intervention, especially in rural areas.

In 1986, Victòria Morales became the first female motorbike officer in the Mossos d’Esquadra. She tore through stereotypes associating motorbike riding, especially on high displacement motorbikes, with the male sex.

She was assigned to the Barcelona Territorial Service and tasked with opening the police station located on the mountain of Montserrat, which would offer round-the-clock service. During her years in this unit, it also carried out rural surveillance in the Osona and El Penedès regions, surveilled the Collserola mountain range together with Barcelona’s Guàrdia Urbana (city police force), and supported local police at events and patronage festivals.

The Road Transport Surveillance Unit for Goods and Passengers was set up years later.

Female officers, with road and mountain motorbikes.