The BAWP is run on a voluntary basis by an Executive Committee consisting of serving and former police officers and staff from across the United Kingdom. We are partly self-funded, and also have, in the past, benefitted from some funding from the Home Office.
Our President is Deputy Chief Constable Dee Collins from the West Yorkshire Police.
BAWP was formed in 1987 to fill a gap within the Police Service, with its main objectives to enhance the role and understanding of the specific needs of the women who are employed therein.
BAWP is frequently asked to comment on topical issues and has contributed to a wide range of publications including national newspapers and magazines as well as police literature.
Internationally, the BAWP is affiliated to the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), which is represented at the United Nations.
IAWP conferences are held annually in various parts of the world. Barcelona in Catolonia was the host for the 2016 conference. In 1996, 2005 and 2015 the world came to Great Britain. 2008 was in Darwin, Australia, with Seattle, USA in 2009, Minneapolis in 2010, Lexington, Kentucky in 2011, St John's, Newfoundland in 2012, South Africa in 2013 and Winnipeg in 2014.
BAWP is also linked to the European Network of Policewomen.
The name of the Association shall be the British Association for Women in Policing (hereinafter called "The Association").
The aims of the Association shall be:
a) To raise the awareness and understanding of issues affecting women within the Police Service.
The complete constitution can be read by clicking the link below.
Memorandum of Understanding
BAWP has Memoranda of Understanding with the following organisation and associations: