Thematic Champion

Giles York QPM

As a leader, son, husband and father, I believe that enabling true gender equality is a shared responsibility. In supporting for HeForShe Sussex Police is demonstrating the strength of our commitment to ensuring a Police force that is representative of the communities that we serve which is key to addressing violence against women and girls.

Thematic Commitment


Reach parity at senior leadership by 2020


Sussex Police recognizes the business benefits which are delivered by diverse organizations. These benefits extend to an operational policing context because by truly representing the communities they serve, the Police are better able to understand their needs and create safe places to live. In England and Wales women make up 28.6% of the police officer strength with only 23% of those in senior officer ranks. In Police Staff roles women are over-represented compared to the general population, however representation in senior roles is proportionately lower.

As an inaugural HeForShe Thematic Champion for the Police Force, Sussex Police will accelerate the increase in the overall proportion of women police officers, to reach parity across senior leadership by 2020.

Having a diverse team will further strengthen the Police’s work in combatting domestic abuse. As a result of groundbreaking work towards eliminating domestic abuse, Sussex Police has already been awarded White Ribbon Status and remain committed to creating communities free from domestic abuse and protecting those who may be vulnerable to abuse, through an innovative and impactful training and sensitization program that enables officers and staff to assess how to response to a domestic abuse situation and better meet the needs of survivors.