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SAWP About Us

It was agreed during 1999 that there was a need for a support group for female officers and support staff in Staffordshire Police

It was agreed during 1999 that there was a need for a support group for female officers and support staff in Staffordshire Police. A decision was made that a formal network was required to provide informal support and advice about issues, that in the main, affect female officers, such as maternity, part time working, childcare and discrimination.

The launch of the Female Support Network took place on 25th September 2000 at Weston Road Stafford, and it looked at matters affecting working parents and female issues.

In 2006 the committee undertook consultation throughout the force and responded to the feedback. We created a new constitution and changed our name to Staffordshire Association for Women in Policing, making the association more inclusive and aligning ourselves with the national organisation, British Association for Women in Policing.

The SAWP was launched on the 26th April 2007 at Staffordshire University as part of the Staffordshire Police gender Equality Scheme. By professionalizing our commitment , we are attracting future members to help drive, promote, improve awareness, and support of the issues effecting woman within Staffordshire police and communities within Staffordshire.

Our benefits and support are open primarily to female employees, but also men who may require personal or professional support.Our increasing membership has over 150 members, with representatives in each division, who are consulted in policy decisions and diversity issues.