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SoJP celebrates International Woman’s Day

Tuesday 8 March is International Woman’s Day, globally celebrating the achievements of women and raising awareness about equality. #IWD2022 is about a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

This year the States of Jersey Police are supporting International Women’s Day by celebrating women’s achievements within their organisation, across all roles and ranks.

Police Chief Robin Smith is stepping aside for the day to enable Detective Superintendent Alison Fossey to take the reins as Police Chief for the duration of International Women’s Day. The Force believes that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce provides the greatest strength in serving the community and an entire shift on duty that day will comprise of all-female police officers to symbolically demonstrate how far we have come. The Force will also be using their social media channels to support the women in their workforce.

2022 is significant year for SoJP as it marks their 70th anniversary after being established in 1952. Detective Superintendent Alison Fossey said: “We’ve made great progress in breaking down bias from a time when women weren’t deemed suitable to be police officers. The very first female officer at SoJP wasn’t sworn in until 1964, some 12 years after the force was established. Now women represent 42% of our workforce across the organisation.

“Gender isn’t an obstacle in our organisation, we have women working in all departments, roles and ranks and we continue to strive to be a diverse and inclusive organisation.”

Policing might still be perceived in some quarters as a male dominated profession – by deploying an all-female shift on International Women’s Day, SoJP hope to show this is a profession for women as much as it is men. Their annual Policing Plan describes developing a service that is truly representative of the island community and this includes improving our gender balance across the organisation at all levels. This starts with attracting women to the policing profession and supporting their professional development through equal opportunity and respect.

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