The Met Police launch campaign to recruit more women

The Met Police launch campaign to recruit more women


The Metropolitan Police Service has launched a campaign that celebrates 100 years of female police officers in the force

Women from a range of ranks and roles in the Met joined the Commissioner Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi at New Scotland Yard to officially launch the campaign by having a photograph taken to mark the milestone.

The campaign aims to highlight the outstanding work of the Met’s female police officers, of both past and present and to inspire women of the future to consider a diverse and rewarding career with the force.

It was 100 years ago, on 22 November 1918, that the then Commissioner Sir Cecil Macready officially announced that the Met would have female police officers – known as the Women Patrols.

This followed the Home Secretary accepting the Commissioner’s proposal to form a department of women police officers under the supervision of Superintendent Sofia Stanley.

The Commissioner wants to recruit more women than ever before, aiming long-term for 50% of police officers to be women. At the moment, just under 27% of officers are women. To achieve this, the Met has launched a recruitment campaign, specifically aimed at women, called "Strong". The campaign aims to tackle the known barriers for women, challenge stereotypes and increase awareness of the wide range of HR initiatives already in place to support women in the workplace.

The recruitment campaign will feature ‘strong’ current and past role models, including Sofia Stanley and Sislin Fay Allen to encourage and inspire women to follow in their footsteps.

Details of the campaign can be viewed online:,  @metpoliceuk on Twitter or metpolice_uk on Instagram or search for #100YearsStrong.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

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