British Association for Women in Policing

Patricia Foy

Committee Member 


Chief Inspector Patricia Foy joined the Police Service in 1989. The first nineteen years of her service were spent as an officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and subsequently Police Service of Northern Ireland. During this time she gained significant operational policing experience in border areas with a high level of threat from terrorist activity such as Newry and Armagh. She also worked within Command Secretariat at RUC HQ for the then Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan, before becoming the Staff Officer to the DCC. During the transition to PSNI Patricia was the Sector Commander in Antrim District, leading her sector and team towards a more Community focused approach and implementing the changes within the Patten Report.

She transferred to Gloucestershire Constabulary in 2008 and since 2009 has been seconded to the Police National CBRN Centre, Home Office. Within PN CBRN C she is the head of Operations and Communications as well as day to day Centre management. She is a trained Silver and Bronze CBRN Commander and Operational Adviser and has spoken at many Conferences (including International) on the subject.

During her police career she has continued academic study, gaining a BSc (Hons) Degree, Masters in Business Administration and more recently a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Patricia was one of 3 co-authors in 2003/04 of the PSNI Gender Action Plan, presenting the findings of the work to BAWP and subsequently taking this forward to a conference workshop. During this time, she became a member of the National Committee.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running and cycling.




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