Police Chiefs’ blog: CC Dee Collins – Closing the police gender pay gap is going to be hard work but it’s worth it

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I’ve spent the last three decades in policing – as a uniformed officer, as a roads policing specialist, Cleveland’s first female armed response officer, and now as a chief constable. In that time I’ve seen a huge cultural shift in attitudes towards women in policing, from a culture where women were a tiny minority and were issued with a force handbag on joining, given a stockings allowance and told we were only allowed to wear trousers on nights, to one where women make up an integral and ever growing part of the service.


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