Celebrating 100 years of women in policing


Women in policing 2015


Scotland’s most senior female police officer has said that no roles or ranks are unattainable for women, as the service celebrates 100 years of women in policing.

Policing teams the length and breadth of the country are holding events to celebrate the achievements of female officers past and present, as well as giving prospective recruits the chance to ask questions and encourage them to sign up to the service.

There are currently around 5,150 female officers in Police Scotland, which makes up approximately 29 per cent of the 17,500 serving police officers at present.
One of the key celebrations was held today, Friday 20 June 2015, at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.

The latest class of Police Scotland recruits passed out this morning, with 37 per cent of them female. Their achievements were celebrated by an all-female party, which included Deputy Chief Constable Local Policing Rose Fitzpatrick, Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson, Assistant Chief Constable Val Thomson, representatives from the Scottish Women’s Development Forum and other senior police officers and staff. Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing, was also in attendance.

Deputy Chief Constable Local Policing, Rose Fitzpatrick, said:

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of women in policing and is a milestone Police Scotland is delighted to celebrate.

“The roles available to women have dramatically changed over the past century – there are now no roles or rank within Police Scotland which women cannot attain. As such, it is only right we come together as a force to celebrate the impact women have made on policing in the past and continue to make now.

“I am proud Police Scotland is committed to ensuring equality and the availability of opportunities for all, regardless of gender, background, sexuality or race. There is always more we can do and the views and experiences of our female officers will continue to shape our service in the future.
“Policing is a challenging, exciting role with public service at its heart. I am delighted to have attended today’s parade, especially with such a high proportion of female officers passing out, and I wish all the officers involved the very best for their future in policing.”

Scottish Police Authority Board Member, Moi Ali added:

“Over recent decades, the style of policing has evolved around some distinctive traits – approachable, responsive, collaborative. I don’t believe it is an accident that this style has developed alongside increasing representation of women within the workforce. Whether serving as police officers or staff, women have played a pivotal role in shaping that Scottish approach and it is fitting that we mark this milestone and celebrate the value that women have added over the last century.”