Northumbria Police has joined with other forces nationwide to reaffirm its commitment to gender equality.
On this International Women’s Day, it has been confirmed that all 43 police forces in England and Wales, along with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, have made a commitment to the United Nations' HeForShe movement.
This achievement is being announced at the Senior Women in Policing Conference being held in Birmingham today (Friday).
HeForShe, initiated by UN Women, invites people around the world to stand together to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. Each force has expressly committed to improving gender imbalances at senior levels in policing and to continue to work towards communities free from domestic and sexual abuse.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC said: “Policing isn’t one career, it is many. From firearms support to safeguarding roles, the qualities needed are very diverse, and women have them all. It is obvious that, since the population is half women the police force need to be the same or they won’t be representative.
“It’s important we do everything we can to help forge a more gender-balanced world – not just on International Women’s Day but every day.”
Northumbria Police has seen female police officer numbers grow considerably over the years. The Force also currently has two Assistant Chief Constables and a number of staff members in management roles who are women.
Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “As a Force, we fully support the HeForShe movement and what it stands for.
“We are committed to promoting and achieving gender balances within policing and I am proud of the strides we have already taken. These will continue as we endeavour to create a workforce which is truly reflective of the communities we serve.”
Other services within policing have also made their commitment to HeForShe, including the Association of Special Constabulary Officers, British Transport Police, College of Policing, Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Police Scotland and the Superintendents’ Association.