IT IS an industry which is often seen as being male dominated.
But today Lancashire Police is celebrating the fairer sex as its staff celebrate International Women’s Day.
Posters marking the achievements of women across the police force have been put up in Blackpool’s Bonny Street police station, as well as tributes to those who have lost their lives for the profession, including PC Angela Bradley, one of three police officers who drowned trying to save a tourist from the sea at Blackpool.
And Blackpool’s acting Chief Insp Laura Lawler said the days of the police force being a man’s profession are long gone, despite the perceptions.
She first joined as a response officer in the resort 25 years ago, and since then has worked in CID, with the domestic abuse team and as Fylde’s geographic inspector.
Chief Insp Lawler said: “The perception is the police is quite male dominated but in reality I think that’s going.
“I’ve been a police officer for 25 years and it’s a completely different world now. There are far more opportunities for women with flexible working.
“It’s a hard job and it’s very unsocial but it’s really rewarding. I have two daughters and if they said they wanted to join the police I would support them.”
To mark the day, Lancashire Police is offering residents the chance to get an insight into the jobs women do in the force, with 999 What’s Your Emergency star PC Claire Van Deurs Goss hosting a webchat at 11am today, and a female firearms office taking questions at 2pm.
Female members of the force will also be tweeting about their daily lives on Twitter. To join in the webchats log on to www.lancashire.police.uk/international-womens-day