Women police officers celebrate centenary

21 August 2015

This year marks 100 years of women in policing in the UK and is also the centenary year for the International Association of Women in Police (IAWP).

A celebration of the two anniversaries will take place in Cardiff this weekend, when women police officers from more than 30 countries gather to attend the biggest event in the IAWP’s calendar – its annual training conference.

This will be the third time that the UK has hosted the conference, which sets to enhance skills through professional development, training, mentoring, networking, peer support and recognition.

The Police Federation of England and Wales is proud to support this year’s conference, as the representative voice for 123,000 rank and file officers, of which 28% are women.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales said:  “It is right and proper that we recognise the contribution women officers make to the service and we are proud to be associated with such a significant event in the policing calendar, especially in this centennial year. Women have faced many challenges to achieve the equal status they have with their male counterparts today.”

The Federation will participate in the training conference, providing delegates with information on the support and guidance available to its members.  The training session will not only cover its work in practice, but also focus on personal experience from a member who has been through the employment tribunal process.  The Federation will also lead the Parade of Nations through Cardiff on Sunday 23 August, alongside the IAWP and South Wales Police.

Carolyn Williamson, IAWP 2015 conference co-director said:  “We are really grateful that the Police Federation of England and Wales is one of our sponsors, as the majority of our delegates are ‘rank and file’ officers.  The Parade of Nations is always a highlight of the IAWP conferences, and the Federation’s  support is invaluable, as it will enable us to mark the centenary of British women police officers in a fitting manner.”

The IAWP conference takes place at the Motorpoint Arena, Sunday 23 August – Thursday 27 August 2015.  You can keep up-to-date with the event by following @IAWP2015 on twitter. Useful hashtags are #IAWP2015 and #polfedwomen15.  More information is available here.