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The new UK Police Memorial at @Nat_Mem_Arb honours the #CourageandSacrifice of members of the UK Police Service who have dedicated their lives to protecting us.

Dedication of the memorial takes place on Wednesday 28th July.

Watch the ceremony live here: https://t.co/0Mz7WxFPGP

The 2021 Special Recognition Award goes to Allison Woods from Merseyside Police. Allison has been incredible in her achievements in breaking down barriers for women. She has been a female 1st as an armed surveillance officer and DI & DCI in a covert unit.


Helen Lacey from North Wales Police was highly commended for her work as co founder of the North Wales Horsewatch. She delivers seminars at equine establishments, is involved in safety campaigns and developed a database for rural crime.


The appointment of Angela McLaren by the City of London means 3 female chiefs keeping London safe. Angela McLaren -City, Lucy D'Orsi QPM-British Transport Police & Cressida Dick-Metropolitan joining Lynne Owens who leads the UK’s National Crime Agency @IAWPPresident @BAWPUK

The 2021 Police Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Elizabeth Virgo who volunteers with The Metropolitan Police. She is an inspirational 84 year old lady who is Chair of the Westminster IAG and has helped recruitment from diverse communities.


Funk has tried to join the NASA astronaut corps four times. She was also one of the female aviators of the so-called Mercury 13, who took the same physiological tests as astronauts. “I’ve been waiting a long time to finally get up there"

The 2021 award to recognise a Police Staff member of the year goes to Emma Henshaw. Emma is on the South East Regional and Organised Crime Unit and is recognised for her great achievements in this role.


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The British Association for Women in Policing was founded to empower the Police services’ strong, hardworking women. The organisation’s mission is to continue to ensure that women’s voices in policing are both heard and understood.

Gender equality within policing is an integral part of BAWP’s mission and the organisation plays a significant role in providing a platform for women within in the industry.

With representatives across the UK, including the British Transport Police, Royal Navy Police, National Crime Agency and Isle of Man Constabulary, we work with both national and geographic forces and law enforcement responsibilities.

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