More female police officers are recruited in Humberside, says Home Office data
More women are being recruited as police officers in Humberside, figures reveal, as male domination in the ranks continues to subside.
While the Government says there is more work to be done to make forces representative, campaigners say a rise in female officers will help lead to public confidence in policing.
Home Office data shows Humberside Police took on 160 new officers in 2020-21, including 66 who were women (41%). The female recruits will go a little way toward balancing the gender ranks among the force’s police officers.
Separate Home Office figures show 36% of officers in Humberside were women in March last year, up from 32% four years before.
The Home Office said it had used targeted advertising and provided support to candidates in a bid to attract more women for police officer roles.
A spokesperson said: “It is excellent that more women are deciding to go into this inspiring career, and that more women are also represented at senior roles in police forces.
Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, also welcomed the influx of new policing recruits.
The new recruits were hired as part of a Government commitment to add 20,000 officers to forces in England and Wales by March 2023.
Allowing for leavers, forces added an extra 8,771 officers to their ranks through the programme, which started in October 2019, including 154 at Humberside Police.
The force, which now has 2,083 police officers, has been set the target of recruiting an additional 95 by the end of March next year.