In 2022, UK police forces celebrated having over 50,000 women in its workforce following a government recruitment drive (Home Office). This has inevitably enhanced the level of diversity in the policing sector, coupled with a concerted effort across the forces to create a more inclusive workplace culture. However, a distinct lack of women in senior positions and frequent reports of harassment and sexism indicate that more needs to be done to advance gender equality in policing. By coming together to discuss challenges and solutions in the recruitment, retention and progression of female staff, police forces will be better equipped to support their female colleagues.

  • Women make up 34.9% of the overall police workforce (Home Office, 2022)
  • There are now 5 times the number of female chief constables than there were in 2019 (Security Women, 2023)
  • Just 30% of the highest policing rank are held by women (2023, D. Clark)

Join us at The Supporting Women in Policing Conference 2024 to hear the latest on improving female representation and supporting women in the police workforce. High level keynotes will deliver national updates and strategic guidance on overcoming barriers to gender equality, followed by best practice case studies in transforming culture and operational policies. Key topics include tackling sexism, implementing flexible working, and upskilling the female workforce. The day’s learning can be discussed via a dedicated breakout networking session, allowing attendees to meet with other senior colleagues and share solutions.

Why Attend:
✓High-level keynotes from national figures in the policing sector

✓Case studies demonstrating best practice in recruitment, retention and progression of female officers

✓Networking with senior colleagues from across the sector

✓ 4 CPD points towards your yearly quota

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Dr Sarah Charman, Professor of Criminology, University of Portsmouth (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: From Representation to Inclusion: Assessing the Journey of Women in Policing 

    • National overview of current representation of women in policing
    • Identifying the structural and cultural challenges facing women in policing
    • Insights into creating a more inclusive policing environment with a focus on fairness and compassion

    Dr Sarah Charman, Professor of Criminology, University of Portsmouth (CONFIRMED)

    Dr Jemma Tyson, Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Driving Inclusion to Support Female Officers from Minority Backgrounds

    • Tips for being an active mentor for younger female staff to provide advice and help tackle imposter syndrome
    • Encouraging women and minority group job applicants through community outreach and local recruitment drives
    • Designing mandatory awareness courses to foster empathy and cultural understanding within the workforce
    • Sharing examples of positive action to help create a level playing field for female officers from minority backgrounds

    Aneela Khalil-Khan, Detective Chief Inspector and Vice Secretary for SYP Race, Inclusion & Equity Association and Women’s Network member, South Yorkshire Police (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Implementing Flexible Working to Support Mothers and Workplace Returners

    • Measures to raise awareness among line managers on flexible working solutions for working mothers
    • Overcoming challenges in keeping contact with staff on long absences and strategies for supporting returners
    • Tips for driving culture change and combatting stigma against part-time and flexible working
    • Recruitment techniques to encourage a diversity in job applicants through promoting part-time roles and job-sharing

    Anna Rickards, Detective Inspector, Greater Manchester Police, Chair, The British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) (CONFIRMED)

  • Question and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Breakout Networking: Sharing Best Practice Strategies to Support the Female Police Workforce  

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in recruiting and retaining female staff within your organisation. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and solutions whilst networking with peers from across the sector.

  • Keynote: Producing a Gender Equality Strategy: Embedding Commitments to Attract, Retain and Motivate Female Staff

    • Operational guidance for setting targets and adapting professional development reviews to include mandatory EDI objectives
    • Tips for launching staff networks and providing platforms to amplify lived experience representation in decision-making
    • Reducing the gender pay gap through applying an evidence-based approach using workforce data
    • Delivering reasonable adjustments to mitigate the impacts of menopause transition for staff

    Janette McCormick, Strategic Police Workforce Advisor, College of Policing (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Upskilling and Empowering Female Officers to Encourage Career Progression

    • Consulting with gender networks to learn and implement their views on overcoming obstacles to leadership
    • Performing development audits to identify and deliver tailored training opportunities according to individual staff needs
    • Sharing ways of diversifying promotion board panels to eliminate unconscious bias in progression decisions
    • Working collaboratively with colleagues in inclusion to increase female representation though positive action initiatives

    Rachel Swann, Chief Constable, Derbyshire Constabulary (invited)

  • Case Study: Operation SIGNA: Tackling Sexism and Harassment in the Police Force

    • Facilitating women’s groups to create safe spaces for female staff to build solidarity and share their experiences at work
    • Designing anonymous reporting tools to allow female officers to escalate incidents on sexism and harassment
    • Strategies for embedding the experiences of female colleagues into organisational policies and communications
    • Utilising internal portals to distribute staff training materials on male allyship and being an active bystander

    Commander Tara McGovern, Detective Chief Superintendent and Founder of the Network of Women, Metropolitan Police Service (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change


Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

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  • Private Sector Rate:: £425.00 +VAT+VAT
  • Public Sector Rate:: £260.00 +VAT+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector Rate:: £260.00 +VAT+VAT