Royal Enfield is one of the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production. The brand has a cult following for it’s retro styled modern motorcycles all over the country. In an event held in Bengaluru, Bengaluru Police in partnership with Royal Enfield has created an all women motorcycle riding brigade. The Brigade is called ‘We for Women’ and the team will focus on making Bengaluru city a safer palce for women and children.
Leading this special project, Divya Sara Thomas, IPS, DCP, City Armed Reserve Headquarters, Bengaluru, said “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.”
For this special project a total of 15 women officers were trained in two phases. First Phase which was held in October last year included introducing them to the motorcycles like Royal Enfield Himalayan, Interceptor 650 and Classic 350 signals. Second phase which was held in December and January the women police officers were exposed to riding these motorcycles in Bengaluru traffic conditions. To commemorate the newly formed brigade, a ride was conducted to Nandi hills. The ride was flagged off by Shri Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru city, at the office of City Armed Reserve Headquarters, Bengaluru.
The training was conducted under the supervision of a special team from Royal Enfield who helped the officers with professional riding skills. 15 dedicated Police Sub- Inspectors with a passion for riding were trained to enhance their riding skills, under various conditions, to tackle any challenge they might face while on duty.
The women police officers in the ‘we for women’ riding brigade will take up patrolling duties to make Bengaluru a safer place for women alog with children. This initiative from Royal Enfield and Bengaluru Police would also help break the gender stereotypes in the society around the areas that has been considered to be male dominant.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan will soon get a BS6 version. The Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant motorcycle has already been teased on Royal Enfield’s website. It’s likely to be pricier than the current version. It’s also expected to get many more features and refinements, making it a better motorcycle than the current version.