British Association for Women in Policing


Grapevine Summer Edition 2014   

Badly fitting uniforms cause pain to police officers

FEMALE officers are in pain and discomfort at work because they are still wearing men’s police uniforms, a study has found.

The research, conducted by the University of Dundee, found that female officers are coming to work in uniforms that “do not meet their personal or operational needs” and that more needs to be done to ensure women have clothes with appropriate cut and design.

Six in ten respondents to the study said they had suffered “pain or injury” as a result of their uniform and 28 per cent said that their uniform had made existing injuries worse or delayed recuperation. Read more


Super sergeants pass Inspectors' assessment centre

Women outshone men this year as they went through the national sergeant to inspector promotion process.

Ninety one female candidates took their OSPRE Part II assessment centre earlier this, of which 79 passed - a success rate of 87 per cent.

Of the 292 male candidates that took the test, 214 passed - a success rate of 73 per cent read more..


Statistics show women less likely to pass annual fitness test


Female police officers saw less success in the new job-related fitness testing that their male counterparts, newly published figures have shown.

The results of more than 30,000 police fitness tests taken nationwide have been published – women saw a national average pass rate of 92 per cent, while 97 per cent of male officers who took part in the assessment passed.

The tests are being assessed by the College of Policing as forces prepare to introduce annual assessments for all officers. Figures from tests taken between September 2013 and March were submitted to the College of Policing from 39 forces. Read more


Service pays tribute to “ultimate sacrifice” of hero officers

TEARS were shed as surviving family members and serving police officers gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday July 20 to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

The emotional annual Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Service of Remembrance in Staffordshire was attended by more than 500 people, including BAWP president Cressida Dick (pictured).

Events took place all weekend for surviving family members. It was the biggest ever COPS weekend. Read more

Fitness testing results show women passing 94 per cent of tests 


Women police officers across England and Wales have recorded a 94 per cent pass rate in the new annual fitness tests – a slight rise on earlier this year

The results of more than 13,000 police fitness tests taken between March and May this year in 32 forces were published on 15 August with officers of both sexes achieving an overall pass rate of 98 per cent.

Of the 3,693 women who took the test 3,479 passed, coming in at 94.2 per cent. Of the 10,265 men who took the test, 10,127 passed (98.7 per cent). Read more

Officers happy to get Birthday honours from the Queen


FEMALE officers across the differing ranks were honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for their services to policing in the Birthday Honours.

PC Amanda Dickens, of South Yorkshire Police, (pictured) has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her work in neighbourhood policing and child sexual exploitation.

She has also worked alongside police staff to set up diversionary activities for young people on her Rotherham patch, to keep them out of trouble.

District commander for Rotherham, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Amanda. She works tirelessly to make a real difference to the lives of many. These awards are testimony to her commitment to public service.” Read more


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