Creation of the Gender Equality Commission of the Directorate General of the Police

Current regulations on gender equality and equity, coupled with today’s social and political climate, have prompted the Directorate General of the Police to adopt a firm and decisive institutional commitment to implement a series of policies aimed at achieving effective equality between women and men in our organisation.

The creation of the Gender Equality Commission of the Directorate General of the Police signifies a step forward in the real achievement of equality between the women and men who make up Catalonia’s Autonomous Police – Mossos d’Escuadra.

The aim of this commission is to promote and guide the Directorate General of the Police’s gender equality policy from an intersectional perspective. Its first meeting was held at the Ministry of Home Affairs on 29 July 2020, chaired by Home Affairs Minister Miquel Buch.

Order INT/22, of 3 March 2020, creating the Gender Equality Commission of the Directorate General of the Police, was published in the Official Journal of the Government of Catalonia on 6 March 2020.

Deployment of the Maritime Police Unit

The Mossos d’Esquadra Maritime Police Unit was deployed in 2020. It is responsible for surveilling, patrolling and policing Catalonia’s territorial waters. Its mission is to prevent crime and administrative offences, in addition to protecting, assisting and informing port users and assisting vessels in need. The force’s maritime bases are located in Palamós, Vilanova i la Geltrú and L’Ametlla de Mar.

There are currently three trailblazing women in the unit—officers B.A.F., M.T.P. and A.P.E.—who serve at the maritime police bases in Vilanova i la Geltrú and Palamós.

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Video of the Maritime Police Unit in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Female officer in the Maritime Police Unit uniform.

Central Criminal Investigation Department. Central Sexual Assault Unit

Under the remit of the Mossos d’Esquadra Criminal Investigation Division we find the Central Criminal Investigation Department, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes affecting the lives and physical integrity of people.

The Central Criminal Investigation Department is headed up by a woman, Inspector E.S.P.

The Central Sexual Assault Unit was set up in 2020 to centralise police investigations into repeat offenders and sexual predators, under the Commissariat General for Criminal Investigation. This unit’s mission is to step up prevention measures, provide victim support, improve the quality of investigations and gather better police intelligence to detect repeat sexual offenders.

This unit is commanded by a woman, Sergeant Kira Estrada, and is made up of a qualified team of women and men.

Female officers working in police science and investigation.

Twitter post by the Central Sexual Assault Unit.

The Mossos d’Esquadra during the health crisis

Article paying tribute to the professionals who put themselves at risk to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, by journalist Pau Esparch.