Female police officers outnumber male PCs at British force for the first time

Women outnumber men for the first time at a British police force.

Wiltshire Police has 1,140 female officers and staff compared to 1,101 male employees, a report revealed. 

All but one of the force’s 63 civilian staff hired between 2019 and last year were female.

Wiltshire Police has 1,140 female officers and staff compared to 1,101 male employees, a report revealed. A female officer is seen above last year

Wiltshire Police has 1,140 female officers and staff compared to 1,101 male employees, a report revealed. A female officer is seen above last year

Wiltshire Police has 1,140 female officers and staff compared to 1,101 male employees, a report revealed. A female officer is seen above last year

The report found that ‘men and women are paid equally at every grade in Wiltshire Police’ and 53 per cent of successful police officer candidates in March 2020 were female, of ethnic minority, ex-military or other protected characteristics.’ 

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said he was pleased with the findings and committed to recruiting more women to senior positions. 

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said he was pleased with the findings and committed to recruiting more women to senior positions

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said he was pleased with the findings and committed to recruiting more women to senior positions

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said he was pleased with the findings and committed to recruiting more women to senior positions

He added: ‘We have seen a 10 per cent increase, year-on-year, in females becoming officers.’

According to Home Office statistics last year, there are 40,319 female police officers in the 43 forces in England and Wales, amounting to a total of 31 per cent of officers.

Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: ‘Positive action recruitment strategies, alongside our mentoring schemes to encourage more females to become officers, stay within the organisation and apply for promotion are really beginning to come to fruition.

‘I expect to see those figures rise more when 2021’s report is published next year.’

Wiltshire Police, previously known as Wiltshire Constabulary, covers the 20th largest police area in the country – despite being one of the UK’s smallest forces.

The force, which covers large communities such as Swindon and Wiltshire, has its headquarters in the quiet town of Devizes.

Despite its relatively small police force, the largely rural county is one of the safest in the UK, having the 2nd lowest crime rate in England per 100,000 people last year.

A 2010 report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services also graded the force as ‘excellent’.

But the force has not been without controversy.  

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