100 years strong - procession marks special Met Police anniversary
Female Metropolitan Police officers have participated in a “100 Years Strong Procession” through Central London to mark International Women’s Day.
The parade, which took place on March 8, coincides with a number of events being run to mark 100 years of women in the Metropolitan Police, a milestone that has been a key factor in the Met’s female specific recruitment campaign, ‘Strong’.
Female officers were joined by male Met colleagues, as well as female officers from across the UK, military and other emergency services.
Also in attendance were the Metropolitan’s most senior female officers; Commissioner Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi and Chief Superintendent Parm Sandhu.
The parade was also joined by the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the procession marked a fantastic opportunity to represent how far women in policing have come.
She added: “We are striving hard to bring in positive changes that will further improve options for women and offer them greater flexibility – these will build on the range of measures we have already introduced such as offering new pathways to join and rejoin policing.”
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said: “Our procession honours the incredible and brave pioneers who paved the way for women officers now.
“We are celebrating the diversity of women in the Met today and the wide range of roles they perform.”