Police hire more women than ever before
In total, 11,053 officers have been hired across England and Wales as part of the Police Uplift Programme. Female officers accounted for 45% (1,451) of all new joiners between July and September 2021.
Moreover, over the last year, eight forces – Derbyshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Kent, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Sussex and Thames Valley – have hired more women than men.
The police force is the most ethnically diverse it has ever been in its history, with officers from ethnic minority groups making up 7.9% of all officers.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh, CEO of the College of Policing, welcomed the new recruitment figures, describing them as ‘extremely positive’.