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The Metropolitan Police Service has launched a campaign that celebrates 100 years of female police officers in the force and aims to encourage more women to join the force.
The Met now employs nearly 8,000 women officers. All operational policing roles are open to women whether that is running armed operations, supervising surveillance teams, carrying firearms or supporting victims of crime and abuse.
Commissioner Cressida Dick says she wants to recruit more women with a long term goal of getting to 50 per cent. At the moment, just under 27 per cent of officers are women. Its ‘Strong’ recruitment campaign aims to tackle the known barriers for women, challenge stereotypes and increase awareness of the wide range of HR initiatives already in place to support women in the workplace.
The Commissioner has temporarily lifted the residency requirement for London in order to open up recruitment to the rest of the UK.
The recruitment campaign will feature ‘strong’ current and past role models to encourage and inspire women to follow in their footsteps.
To celebrate 50 years since the first black female officer joined, the Met is also appealing to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women to apply. The Met currently only has three per cent female BME officers, but the aspiration is to reach 20 per cent.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I’m immensely proud to today mark the launch of our celebrations for our centenary of women officers. With our brilliant history and the inspiring achievements of current and past female officers and staff, the experiment was not only a success, it was the start of our legacy to policing and to London. I want to thank all women officers and staff, past and present, for their dedication and service to the Met. All of us who are thriving today owe so much to the brave pioneers of the past.
“I want to use this celebration to appeal to all women to consider having a career in the Met. Being a police officer is a diverse and challenging job, but it is extremely rewarding and you get to make a difference to so many people. Today, we have launched our female-specific recruitment campaign and there is no better time to be a woman in the Met.”
Over the next 12 months the Met will implement a range of measures such as new ways of joining the Met, different career pathways, improved maternity support and returnships.
*To find out more about a career in policing with the Met, visit: www.met.police.uk/women