British Association of Women in Policing Development Day (5 Feb 2018)

Police forces across the North of England will come together for a day of development around the theme of inclusion at an event being held in West Yorkshire on Tuesday (February 6).

The event, hosted at the West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre at Carr Gate, Wakefield, will welcome more than 300 guests for a day focussing on motivating, inspiring, supporting and developing attendees to maximise their own, and others potential. The theme of this year's event is inclusion.

Speakers include local champions from West Yorkshire Police, as well as inspirational men and women from areas outside of policing including; Chris Pointon form the #HelloMyNameIs campaign , Ruth Moore from Slater and Gordon and Elinor Hamilton a voiceover artist and director of Almost Everything.

Representatives from various staff associations, the Police Federation and College of Policing will also be in attendance.

The event has chosen two charities to support through fundraising on the day; they are British Heart Foundation and Tommy's .

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins, who is the National BAWP President will be opening the event, and welcoming colleagues, said; "As national chair of BAWP I am delighted to welcome so many people to this event which is focused on inclusion. This is something I am very passionate about and we have been championing within West Yorkshire Police. If we can continue to change the culture of our organisations to be inclusive of everyone then we will benefit from difference of both thought and experience, helping us to adapt to, and be more representative of the communities we serve."

Chief Inspector Sally Fryer, who is the Force's BAWP Chair said; "The third event has come about following the continued commitment and dedication of the West Yorkshire BAWP Committee. They have once again sourced some fantastic national and local speakers for the day. Many of our speakers have moving stories of their own personal battles they want to share, so we can all have an insight and greater understanding of how we can all overcome barriers. We are delighted to host the event, and hope to motivate and inspire everyone who attends, so they can in turn positively share their learning and embrace and promote inclusion in the workplace."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner will be opening the afternoon session at the event, and said: "Inclusion is extremely important and pivotal to a strong and multi-talented organisation, so it's fantastic to see BAWP once again hosting such a large event here in West Yorkshire. I am very much looking forward to hearing from the speakers and many other guests including our very own National Chair and Lead for BAWP Chief Constable Dee Collins."

The event would not take place without the generous support of our sponsor Slater and Gordon.

The event organisers would also like to thank Haribo, Foxs Biscuits and Yorkshire Tea for their support.

You can follow West Yorkshire BAWP on twitter @WYP_BAWP and the conference by using #BAWP2018

BAWP was formed in 1987 to fill a gap within the Police Service, with its main objectives to enhance the role and understanding of the specific needs of the women who are employed therein.

BAWP is frequently asked to comment on topical issues and has contributed to a wide range of publications including national newspapers and magazines as well as police literature.

Internationally, the BAWP is affiliated to the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), which is represented at the United Nations.

Find out more about BAWP at www.bawp.org

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