A project to promote the role of female officers in the police was launched in Birmingham yesterday.
Home Office minister Bob Ainsworth, who has a responsibility for policing and community safety, attended the launch of The Gender Agenda - a document outlining the main issues and dilemmas affecting women officers.
The Gender Agenda highlights outdated practices and suggests ways to modernise the police service. Only 16 per cent of the police service are women compared with 44 per cent of the UK’s general working population.
It is calling for a gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation balance that takes into account the number of women in the population, for a working environment and equipment that enables women officers to do their job professionally, and for the service to demonstrate that it values women officers.
“The Gender Agenda is not about ‘men bad, women good’ or political correctness for its own sake, it’s about common sense. We want to help individual women officers maximise their potential which in turn leads to benefits for the whole organization – increasing forces’ performance and so improving the service we offer to the public,” said Assistant Chief Constable Julie Spence of Thames Valley Police.