Sussex Police Women’s Network Group Evolve, challenged 100 women staff, volunteers, Specials, cadets and officers to be photographed with the Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. The historical photo was part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of Women in Policing.
It was taken on April 9th with Chief Constable Giles York, Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith and a male officer from the Evolve Executive.
Superintendent Di Roskilly Evolve Chair said: “We wanted to highlight how far we have come in the last 100 years and reflect the huge variety of roles that women now have in the force. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of our chief officers who have been hugely supportive of the work of Evolve.”
The photo event last week was just one of several planned for 2015 to celebrate 100 years of women in policing. The inspiration for the photo came from the team researching historical photos who found old black and white pictures outside Sussex Police HQ which had lots of men with long moustaches and not a woman in sight. In doing this photograph they also wanted to redress the balance and create a photo for the history books that reflected women in modern policing.
The day was a fantastic success and it was especially poignant to also take the opportunity to award some of the 2014 Evolve Awards and celebrate the achievements of some of the work done in the force. Winners attended with family and friends.
Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of women in policing. Since 1915 women have worked extremely hard to keep Sussex safe, the photograph highlights the variety of roles women now have in the force. I am proud to serve alongside every one of my female colleagues from cadets, firearms officers, scenes of crime staff, PCSOs, as well as police staff. Evolve, the women’s policing network has done a great job of organising various events to mark this milestone – the award ceremony highlighted the amazing achievements of women over the years. Here’s to the next hundred years of women doing great things in the force.”
PCC Katy Bourne said: “I was delighted to join officers and staff from Sussex Police to mark day 100 of 100 years of women in policing. This important anniversary isn’t just a retrospective look back; it’s a celebration of the achievements of all female officers and staff who have formerly or currently serve our communities in Sussex. It has also been a chance to promote the opportunities that exist for women in some of the more specialist policing roles.
“Although the number of women in policing is increasing steadily, achieving a gender balance – particularly among the senior ranks – is still a challenge. Here in Sussex I am pleased to say we have a female Deputy Chief Constable as well as several female Chief Inspectors and Superintendents. I believe that women who hold senior positions bring a much needed new perspective to the workforce and, as PCC, I would welcome greater gender balance across the police service.”