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100 years of women in policing marked in Manchester


GREATER Manchester Police's Association for Women in Policing (AWP) is holding a "picnic in the park" event as part of ongoing celebrations of 100 years of women in policing.

The family-friendly picnic, which will be held on 28 June, is among numerous events taking place across the area to mark the centenary anniversary.

The Greater Manchester Police Museum will also be exhibiting items relating to women in policing over the last 100 years and the north-west regional forces will host a conference to mark the occasion on 14 May at Sedgley Park in Manchester.

Speakers include Judith Gillespie, former Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland; Franstine Jones, who last year became the first female president of the National Black Police Association; and Bryn Hughes, father of murdered Police Constable Nicola Hughes. Last year, Mr Hughes ran a marathon at the North Pole for a charity founded in memory of his daughter.

Meanwhile, GMP’s human resources department launched a new maternity policy on 10 March following consultation with members of AWP.

Det Insp Jude Holmes, temporary deputy chair of AWP, produced recommendations after holding focus groups with members to further explore the issues raised in a survey conducted in 2013, as well as looking at external good practice.

“There is further work planned later in the year around awareness and some of our divisions are holding coffee mornings for those on maternity leave,” said Det Insp Holmes.

She added that the new policy links in with objectives from Gender Agenda 3, BAWP’s latest action plan to ensure that women within the police service can have the confidence and skills to be best in whatever role or career path they choose.

GMP's AWP also produced an advent calendar of inspirational women on its Facebook page in December and held a Twitter chat to celebrate International Women's Day in March.

Last June, a team of staff and officers from across the force planned a fashion show at New Century House in the city centre, raising £4,000 for hospital charity The Christie.

Chief Constable Peter Fahy and Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan were among 80 GMP models to take part. The next fashion show will take place next year.

GMP’s AWP was set up to provide a support network for all women in the force and actively strive to eliminate gender discrimination.

It supports women experiencing difficulties in the workplace and works with the force to develop a greater understanding of the issues that affect work/life balance, such as caring for children or relatives, as well as maternity, paternity and IVF.

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