Met launches bid to recruit more women officers
The Metropolitan Police has launched a new campaign to recruit more female officers.
The recruitment drive coincides with the 100 year anniversary of the first female officer joining the force.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, the first woman to head up policing in the capital, says her long term vision is to ensure women make up half of the force, compared with the current 27%
Women now fill every role available in the Met, apart from Deputy Commissioner.
The ‘Strong’ campaign will also seek to attract more female officers from BAME communities.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, head of professionalism, told the Evening Standard:
“I think women may not realise the range of roles they can perform in policing. I think we still have an image of being a male-dominated profession.
“People don’t realise men and women work together in the Met in great harmony. There are fantastic jobs within policing in London that women can do really well,” she said.
The first female officers joined the Met in 1918 as part of ‘women patrols’ and had to be accompanied by male colleagues for their ‘own protection’.
In total there are 7,881 women officers in the modern Met, with 387 in senior roles of inspector and above.