Posted : 13.3.2017

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Sussex and Surrey Police are a force for change in gender equality

The Chief Constables for both Sussex and Surrey have signed a commitment for gender equality.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York and Surrey Police Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave signed a commitment to gender equality at the Evolve Awards ceremony. Evolve, the Sussex Police Gender Equality Network presented awards that acknowledged staff performance, leadership, mentoring, volunteering, bravery and inspiration.

Sussex and Surrey are the first police forces worldwide to become thematic champions for the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign. The two thematic areas they are committed to addressing are: closing the gender gap in the workforce and combating violence against women and girls.

To close the gender gap in senior leadership by 2020 both forces have committed to ensure there is a representation of women in senior police officer and staff roles to at least match the overall proportion of women in the workforce.

Chief Constable, Sussex Police Giles York explained: “True gender equality is a shared responsibility; supporting HeForShe demonstrates the strength of our commitment to ensuring a police force that is representative of the communities we serve.”

Aligned with this is the priority to combat domestic abuse. Nick Ephgrave Chief Constable, Surrey Police added: “This is a unique opportunity to address violence towards women and girls. Our support of HeForShe underlines how Surrey Police are dedicated to tackling gender inequality.”

As a result of ground-breaking work, Surrey and Sussex Police remain committed to creating communities free from domestic abuse and improving on the work they do to protect those who are vulnerable.

Chief Superintendent Roskilly who is chair of Evolve said: “It is very exciting and a huge privilege for Sussex and Surrey Police to be the first law enforcement agencies in the world to become thematic champions to HeforShe, demonstrating our commitment to ending violence against women and girls and ensuring true gender equality in policing.”

To view the news story on the Sussex Police website click here and to view the images from the event click here.