The proportion of women serving as police officers in Leicestershire has reached its highest level* following a huge recruitment programme.
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews said 852 of the 2,335 police officers currently employed by Leicestershire Police are female – 36.5 per cent of the total number of officers.
The percentage of female officers has grown significantly since 2019 when the Government’s Uplift Programme was first announced, increasing from 580 officers (30.7 per cent) to the current figure of 852.
In total, 297 extra police officers have been recruited through the scheme, well ahead of the target date set for the end of March 2023. The force is aiming to increase female representation to 37.2 per cent by the time the national recruitment programme closes.
Mr Matthews said: “This is a fantastic achievement and I am really proud of the force for continuing to meet its ambitions to recruit a fair and representative workforce.
“Ensuring our police officers fairly reflect the communities they serve is very important to me. I know the Chief Constable and senior leaders are working equally hard to increase diversity within the force with new support strategies and innovative recruitment processes to attract candidates from our ethnic minority communities.
“The uplift in officers on the streets is good news for everyone living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Our new officers are already making their presence felt across our neighbourhoods and I am looking forward to welcoming the remaining recruits over the next few months.”
The Uplift drive, which aims to recruit 20,000 police officers on the nation’s streets by March 2023, has already brought an additional 15,343 police officers to England and Wales since 2019.
Nationally, there are more female police officers than since records began with more than 50,000 women across the 43 polices forces in England and Wales.
Of those hired since April 2020, 42.5 per cent have been women.
* Year on year
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Posted on Friday 11th November 2022