Fair cop for females

March 09, 2018

Senior constable Amy McColl, intelligence support officer Lindy Baldi, supervising police custody officer Rebecca Trotter, Constable Penny Edwards and Divisional area commander Matthew Ryan.

Women in the police force came together yesterday morning for an event to commemorate International Women’s Day.

Run by a newly formed committee, Women in Policing is aimed to bring women in the police force together for support and networking.

Acting Senior Sergeant Alison Lewis said the initiative was run by Victoria Police, and they were pleased their first event could tie in with International Women’s Day.

‘‘We have a guest speaker here to talk about work/life balance and gender equality including the historical progress we have made,’’ she said.

‘‘We also have someone from the police association to talk about what they can offer relating to support for women in the force.’’

The women attending were from the Eastern Region Division Three police service, which covers Shepparton, Seymour and Benalla.

Acting Snr Sgt Lewis said the event was especially important for these members because some of them come from remote areas and stations.

‘‘It is a good opportunity for them to network and meet some of the other females and create a network to provide them with the ability to make contact with other females,’’ she said.

The morning tea followed the theme of this year’s Women’s Day, ‘Press for Progress’, which acting Snr Sgt Lewis said was an important message for their committee.

‘‘We wanted to coincide with that theme moving forward,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s our first event and we’re really thrilled with the attendance... it is important for people in remote areas to have that contact.’’

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