Thematic Champion

Nick Ephgrave QPM

Men and women have a joint responsibility to achieve gender parity. Given the link between gender inequality and domestic abuse, in policing we have a unique opportunity to address issues of violence towards women and girls. Our support for HeForShe underlines that Surrey Police is dedicated to tackling gender inequality and the abuse of women and girls.

Thematic Commitment


Reach parity at senior leadership by 2020


Surrey 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, Surrey 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, Surrey 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.