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 entirely self-funded, and also have, in the past, benefitted from some funding from the Home Office.
Our President is 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 Catalonia was the host for the 2016 conference. In 1996, 2005 and 2015 the world came to Great Britain. Other conferences have been held in various parts of the USA and Canada, together with South Africa and Australia.
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: