International Women's Day: PCC commends Kent Police on breaking the glass ceiling
On International Women’s Day, Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has commended the force on how far it has come in breaking the glass ceiling.
Kent Police Chief Constable Alan Pughsley told Mr Scott’s Performance and Delivery Board this week:
Mr Scott, who uses his Performance and Delivery Board to hold the Chief Constable to account in public, said:
‘It’s been really good to see the change in demographic within the organisation in recent years.
‘Nine years ago when I joined Kent Police, we had 12 Chief Superintendents and all of them were male. That caused me some concern but we’ve done a huge amount of work over the last few years in changing the culture so that the very best people – men and women – feel empowered and trusted and supported so that they can, if they so wish, put themselves into the promotion processes.
‘Today we’ve got 11 Chief Superintendents and, of those, six are female. That’s just one element of us not just talking the talk but showing that it really is happening.
‘Throughout the organisation people are feeling confident enough and strong enough to go for promotion. I’ll never promote a woman just because she's a woman, but I will promote them for being the best person for the job.’
According to workforce data published by the Home Office, 896 of Kent’s 3,259 officers were women as at March 2017, which represents 27.4%. That figure is up from 24.9% in 2010.
‘It’s good to see more women coming through the organisation and being promoted, and properly supported to do so. I know that’s the case from the Chief Officer team downwards, with role models like Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner, six really good Chief Superintendents and others all the way down the organisation.’
In addition, more than half of the force's then 289 PCSOs, and 63% of civilian police staff members were women.