Sussex Police Force For Change In Gender Equality

Wednesday 8th March 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Heforshe Campaign

The Chief Constable Sussex is signing a commitment for gender equality.

On International Women's Day (8 March), Chief Constable Giles York will sign a commitment to gender equality at the Evolve Awards ceremony, along with the Chief Constable for Surrey. Evolve, the Sussex Police Gender Equality Network will present awards that acknowledges staff performance, leadership, mentoring, volunteering, bravery and inspiration.

Sussex and Surrey are the first police forces worldwide to become thematic champions for the United Nations' HeForShe campaign. The two thematic areas they are committed to addressing are: closing the gender gap in the workforce and combating violence against women and girls.

To close the gender gap in senior leadership by 2020 both forces have committed to ensure there is a representation of women in senior police officer and staff roles to at least match the overall proportion of women in the workforce.

Chief Constable, Sussex Police Giles York explained, "True gender equality is a shared responsibility; supporting HeForShe demonstrates the strength of our commitment to ensuring a police force that is representative of the communities we serve.”

As a result of ground-breaking work, Surrey and Sussex Police remain committed to creating communities free from domestic abuse and improving on the work they do to protect those who are vulnerable.

Chief Superintendent Roskilly who is chair of Evolve said, "It is very exciting and a huge privilege for Sussex and Surrey Police to be the first law enforcement agencies in the world to become thematic champions to HeforShe, demonstrating our commitment to ending violence against women and girls and ensuring true gender equality in policing.”

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