International Women’s Day and beyond: Essex Police: Let’s all fully embrace equity
Crime / Wed 8th Mar 2023 am31 10:54am
IT is International Women’s Day (IWD) today (Wednesday March 8th) and this year’s theme EmbraceEquity seeks to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
Speaking at the annual International Women’s Day conference hosted by Essex Police and our blue light colleagues from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Chief Constable BJ Harrington said:
This year’s theme, #EmbraceEquity, is incredibly important to me and to our force. We strive to celebrate and embrace diversity.
“It is so important that we gain and maintain the trust and confidence of the communities we work with and on behalf of.
“This means ensuring that our workforce is representative of these communities. For this to happen, we must, and do, welcome the great breadth of ideas, opinions and problem-solving approaches which all our police officers and staff bring to the job through their varied backgrounds, their life experiences and their cognitive diversity.
“And I am proud to say that, currently, nearly half of our officers and staff, 49%, are women, who bring their own unique perspectives to policing.
“We’re so lucky to benefit from the knowledge and skills of brilliant women across the force in all roles and at all ranks and levels who are paving the way for others to continue doing so in the future.
“Essex Police tries to ensure that all our officers and staff can be their very best selves at work so they can help people, keep them safe and catch criminals to keep our communities safe from harm.”
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I'll be keen to see the police chief root out bullying and discrimination within their ranks. Ensuring that new recruits are properly vetted will help to ensure another Wayne Couzens doesn't pop up. However, a willingness of officers to report misconduct and a corresponding serious response from senior officers might make the workplace much safer and rewarding for female officers.
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