Police hold event to support Women’s Inclusive Network

Nearly 200 officers and staff from Leicestershire Police, surrounding forces and other blue light services attended an event to promote the force’s Women’s Inclusive Network (WIN), today (Thursday 22 June 2017).

The all-day event, called ‘Your Journey’, was held at De Montfort University and was open to everyone within the force, and key partners who wanted to learn more about the network.

Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith, Chair of Leicestershire Polices’ Women’s Inclusive Network, said: “Today has been an opportunity for networking and to hear the ‘journeys’ of inspirational women and colleagues.

“It has been a real inspiration and I am so proud and pleased to have been part of the event. We have heard the amazing journeys of some inspiring and determined individuals and I hope that the day has been both supportive and informative for those in attendance.”

The day began with a welcome from Chief Constable Simon Cole and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Kirk Master, followed by talks from a number of inspirational speakers from a variety of backgrounds who shared their stories about their personal and professional experiences. These included;

  • Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith – Chair of Women’s Inclusive Network

  • Tiff Lynch – first female Chair of Leicestershire Police Federation

  • Amy Morgan – mother of murdered Tyler Thompson, who spoke about the impact that her son’s death has had on her and why she’s supporting the #LivesNotKnives campaign

  • Jo Ashworth OBE – Head of Forensic Services at East Midlands Special Operations Unit

  • Ellah Kandi – a De Montfort University student

  • Rev Julie Nicolson – on losing her daughter Jenny in the London 7/7 bombings

  • Leicestershire Police Federation Trusts

  • Women’s Health Practitioner from Spire Healthcare

  • two new in service officers sharing their experiences

As part of the event, the winner of the force’s Woman of the Year award was announced. The award is for an officer, staff member, special constable, volunteer or police cadet who has demonstrated their determination and commitment to policing while inspiring others. Barbara O’Donoghue, who is a retired CSI (Crime Scene Investigator) from Leicestershire Police was presented with the award by Chief Superintendent Kerry Smith and Helen King from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

On receiving her award for Woman of the Year, Barbara said: “When I started in 1994, I became a CSI for Leicestershire Police, little did I know that I would be up here on stage receiving this award today, a few months after retiring, so thank you very much.”

A Special Recognition Award, was also presented to Police Staff member, Sarah Simms, from the force’s Corporate Services department for demonstrating tenacity, determination and resilience.

During the afternoon Chief Constable Simon Cole joined Paul Griffiths, Vice President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, in his Leicestershire leg of a charity cycle ride. Paul is using his annual leave and rest days to cycle more than 2,000 miles between the 46 police headquarters in England and Wales that are part of the Association, to raise money for National Police Memorial Day Trust. Chief Constable Simon Cole and Paul, cycled into the venue and were greeted with cheers and support from people at the event.

The day included a buffet lunch and a raffle, with donations of £354 going to the Mia Moo Foundation. WIN has collectively raised £3,734 for the foundation.

The WIN provides informal support and advice about issues that in the main, but not exclusively affect female members of staff, such as discrimination, recruitment, retention, specialist roles, uniform, flexible working, and work life balance.

For more information about the Women’s Inclusive Network please visit https://leics.police.uk/advice-and-information/information-zone/womens-network .

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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