Bengaluru city police have joined hands with Royal Enfield to launch all-women motorcycle riding brigade-‘We for Women’. The campaign is dedicated to making Bengaluru a safer city for women and children.
Riding on Royal Enfield
According to the sources, 15 Police Sub-Inspectors with passion for riding were chosen for this task. It is said that the training was carried out in collaboration with Team Royal Enfield who aimed toward providing the women officers with expert riding skills which would help them to confidently patrol the streets of Bengaluru.
All 15 women officers were trained in two phases. Throughout phase I, which was held in October, they were introduced to Royal Enfield motorcycles like Himalayan, Interceptor 650, and Classic Signals 350. And during Phase II, which was continued in December and January, they were presented to driving these motorcycles in Bengaluru city traffic conditions.
To celebrate the newly formed unit, a ride was carried out to Nandi hills which were flagged off by Shri Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru city.
Women Police Officers & other staff participated in the Enfield Motorcycle Rally today, in collaboration with @royalenfield.Flagged off by Police Commissioner Bengaluru City, Sri Bhaskar Rao, IPS, at 6:00 a.m. from CAR (Hq) Mysore Road to Boganandeshwara Temple, Chikkaballapura. pic.twitter.com/ralAggOPqh
— BengaluruCityPolice (@BlrCityPolice) January 13, 2020
Breaking gender stereotypes
Bengaluru City Police along with Team Royal Enfield also aims to break the gender stereotypes in the society around areas that have been considered to be male dominant, said a report.
“With more women being inducted into the force, there is a need to empower them further. Under the ‘We for Women’ initiative, we have trained 15 lady sub-inspectors as of now and will continue to grow this team of motorcyclists. We want these women to lead by example and inspire other women as well while keeping the city safe.” Divya Sara Thomas, IPS, DCP, City Armed Reserve Headquarters, Bengaluru, said.
This is not the first time the bike manufacture giant has come up with such campaigns, previously Royal Enfield also organized many motorcycling events and rides globally. They also conduct the popular ‘One Ride’ where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.