Media Release – 27/1/2016
The Australasian Council of Women and Policing support the Commissioner of Queensland Police Service Ian Stewart APM and his plan to have no less than 50 per cent female recruits in each intake, taking effect immediately.
Council President Debbie Platz said the council is pleased to see a positive step to gender equality for the Service.
“We know that Queensland is a diverse state and our police service needs to be reflective of those communities in order to serve them well,” Council President Debbie Platz said.
“Current employee figures show just over a quarter of sworn officers in Queensland are female.
“The benefits of having a more diverse
policing service are endless. A gender balanced service equates to fairness, opportunity, enhanced performance and a stronger ability to relate with the communities served. And in the long term, it leads to more potential for female leaders.
“Last year the Queensland Police Service celebrated 50 years of female sworn officers, so this is a fitting time to move forward with an equitable and modern approach to recruiting.
“We encourage women from across the state of Queensland to consider policing as a career to increase the pool of applicants.
“We also commend the Queensland Police Service on their cadet program which readies Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people for the recruit program.”
The Queensland Police Service’s commitment to a gender balanced recruitment process follow in South Australia Police and Northern Territory Police’s footsteps.
“We welcome any initiative from Australasia’s police services to increase opportunities for women in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field,” Council President Debbie Platz said.
For further inquiries please contact:
President Debbie Platz – 0402 133 009
Secretary Anne Macdonald – 0428906354