The first women to reach command ranks
in the Mossos d’Esquadra police force

The first female corporals

The Mossos d’Esquadra police force is organised hierarchically into several ranks, each responsible for certain police and command duties across the police services.

Corporal is one of the low police ranks, exercising command over one or more low-ranking officers in the various police services.

In 1989, two female officers rose for the first time to the rank of corporal. They were Isabel Finat and Maria S.M., both from the force’s second cohort.

Photos of the first female corporals in the Mossos d’Esquadra police force.

The first female sergeants

Sergeant is one of the intermediate police ranks and is responsible for the operational command and supervision of tasks carried out by police units, groups and sub-groups.

Four of the 23 officers promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1994 were women. They were the now Intendant Teresa Laplana, Sub-inspector Isabel Reixach, Sergeant Mireia Prades and Sergeant R.M.M.

The newspaper Avui covered this milestone, publishing an article entitled “Són dones i són sergentes, les set primeres de Catalunya” (They are women and they are sergeants, the first seven in Catalonia). The article also talked about the women who were promoted to sergeant in Barcelona’s city police force, the Guàrdia Urbana.

Press clipping of the article “Sergentes de primera” (Top-notch sergeants) picturing seven policewomen in uniform.