The Sussex Police Women’s Network Group Evolve challenged 100 women staff, volunteers, Specials, cadets and officers from all ranks and roles from across Sussex Police to come together with Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and some of her team to be part of a historical photo as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of Women in Policing.
The photograph was taken on April 9 with CC GilesYork, ACC Robin Smith and included a male officer from the Evolve Executive.
Superintendent Di Roskilly said,“We wanted to highlight how far we have come in the last 100 years and reflect the huge variety of roles that women now have in the force. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of our chief officers who have been hugely supportive of the work of Evolve.”
The photo was just one of several planned for 2015 to celebrate 100 years of women in policing. The inspiration for the photo came from the team researching historical photos who found old black and white pictures outside Sussex Police HQ which had lots of men with long moustaches and not a woman in sight. In doing this photograph they also wanted to redress the balance and create a photo for the history books that reflected women in modern policing.
The day was especially poignant to also take the opportunity to award some of the 2014 Evolve Awards and celebrate the achievements of some of the work done in the force. Winners attended with family and friends.
Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said, “I’m thrilled to be part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of women in policing. Since 1915 women have worked extremely hard to keep Sussex safe, the photograph highlights the variety of roles women now have in the force. I am proud to serve alongside every one of my female colleagues from cadets, firearms officers, scenes of crime staff, PCSOs, as well as police staff. Evolve, the women’s policing network has done a great job of organising various events to mark this milestone .”