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NZ Police – Empowering women benefits community

Case Study

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NZ Police – Empowering women benefits community

Initiatives that have helped recruit, retain and promote female officers are bettering the New Zealand Police and the community they serve.
The gender equation

The New Zealand Police have historically had difficulties in being an appealing career option for women, and, once in the workforce, women face further challenges around promotion and progression.

Independent reviews in the past have outlined a lack of progress around gender diversity in the police and highlighted the need to better recruit, develop and support women.

Strategies for success
  • Establishing a Women’s Advisory Network in every police district designed to support women’s career development. A governance group co-ordinates national activities and a new role, Strategic Advisor: Women’s Development, supports implementation of network initiatives, including mentoring and buddy programmes, leadership forums and women’s development days.
  • Targeted recruitment campaign (Do you care enough to be a cop?) aimed at attracting women to the force.
  • Women in Blue reality TV series to highlight the important role women play in the New Zealand police
  • Promoting the police force as a great career option for women throughout a year-long celebration in 2016 of the 75th anniversary of women in police
Results and benefits
  • Record growth in recruitment of women – 36 per cent of graduates from the Royal NZ Police College were females in 2015, compared with 24 per cent in 2012.
  • Recruitment website recorded a 10 per cent increase in female site visitors.
  • Women in Blue website recorded more than 14,000 visitors.
  • Increases in promotion for female staff – 41 per cent increase in women promoted to Senior Sergeant, 36 per cent increase in those promoted to Inspector and the number of female Superintendents rose from two to seven.
  • A Women’s Leadership Conference was attended by 100 female police staff in 2015.
More about New Zealand Police

The New Zealand Police has more than 11,900 staff, including more than 8000 constabulary staff, operating in a complex 24/7 environment. Staff work from land, sea and air, managing nearly 800,000 emergency calls a year. 

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