Report puts gender top of agenda for the policeOn 4 Sep 2001 in Police, Personnel Today Police HR directors have been urged to embrace a new equality project whichis hoped will improve the recruitment and retention of women in the force. A report, The Gender Agenda, is being distributed to police forces aroundthe country with the aim of improving work conditions for women officers. Ithighlights outdated practices and the challenges faced by female officers. Matthew Baker, head of employee relations for Surrey Police, welcomed thereport as an important step in achieving equality. He said, “One of the stark statistics is that 10 years ago only 8 percent of officers were female and now it is only 16 per cent. We are still along way from being representative of the community.” Part-time positions and direct entry into roles where a candidate hassuitable skills should be used to encourage more women to join the police,claimed Baker. The report, which has been developed over the past 18 months by policebodies, criticises work practices that deter women. These include longresidential courses, managerial reluctance to introduce work-life balancepractices and ill-fitting protective clothing designed for men. www.bawp.org Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.