Police across the capital marked International Women’s Day (IWD) this month by taking part in The Met’s first dedicated all-female operation on Saturday, March 6.
IWD, on March 8, and is an opportunity to highlight the important roles occupied by thousands of women.
Police in every London borough recognised and celebrated the contribution and achievements of the Met’s almost 15,000 female officers and staff.
During the all-female operation, a team of women officers came together to tackle the Met’s main priority of violent crime by focusing on robbery.
Every role, from driving to processing prisoners and reviewing evidence was performed by women.
The Met’s Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick said: “I would like to mark this IWD by thanking each and every one of our existing female employees for their hard work and dedication. I am delighted that the Met has been able to organise such an impressive range of great activities and would like to take this chance to urge all women to consider the wide variety of job opportunities on offer if they choose to join us.”
The police also created a series of online events including a virtual career fair, online fitness sessions, a fun day for parents and children and the chance for staff to ask questions to the force’s top leaders.
The Met’s aspiration is for 40 per cent of all new recruits to be from BAME backgrounds from 2022, and for half of all police officers to be women.