HeForShe THEMATIC Champion

Carl Foulkes

Chief Constable, North Wales Police
(on behalf of UK Police Force)

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THEMATIC Commitments

Reach parity at senior leadership by 2020

Police forces in the UK recognize 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 overrepresented compared to the general population, however representation in senior roles is proportionately lower. 

As an inaugural HeForShe Thematic Champion for law enforcement, UK Police Forces 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 combating domestic abuse. Police Forces across the UK have been recognized for groundbreaking work towards eliminating domestic abuse, 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.