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International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, Friday 8th March Our Lady’s High School, Hackney were lucky enough to welcome members of the Metropolitan Police Service on the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to become police officers in the Met.

We welcomed female officers in all different roles in the police service including;

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams (BCU Commander for Tower Hamlets and Hackney)

Emergency Response Officers (ERPT)

Armed Response Officers (ARV)

Territorial Support Group (TSG)

Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO)

Local Policing Team (LPT)

Dog Handlers

Each officer shared with the girls the journey of how they got into their career and why. One police officer from the dog handling unit shared how at 4"11 she was gutted to be told she could never be a police officer when she was at school, but she never gave up on her dreams and was delighted when the police service stopped rejecting applicants on basis of height. This showed the girls that in the police service you can truly be in any role you desire, and not be restricted or limited by your gender. The police urged all the girls, regardless of their backgrounds, to consider a fulfilling role in the police service, and to help make a difference. 

Year 7 Our Lady's Student said, 'It was really fun meeting the police women on International Women's Day. I had never seen so many police before. I would definitely consider working in the dog handling unit when I am older, because it looks like a really good job." 

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams said, “I think it is important for us as female leaders to share our story with the next generation. To provide them with an insight into our role as police officers, and to inform our young girls that all dreams are achievable with a little hard work and strong determination.”  

Our Lady's also wore black and white clothes on International Women's day to represent this year's theme of balance, a better balance a better world. A call for gender equality in the world. The school raised over £100 which will go to Wings Of Hope Charity, to help educate girls in the developing world.