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Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Judy Foster said: “The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Be Bold For Change, calling on people to help forge a more equal working world.

“West Midlands Police has always been a pioneer when it comes to women’s rights and I am proud of its strong and spirited history.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the force’s first female officers and, today, there are more than 2,000, including Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe, Assistant Chief Constable Michele Larmour and scores of Commanders and unit heads.

“The office of the PCC is also dedicated to inclusion and equality and 67 per cent of our staff are female. I am also extremely proud of the hard work being carried out by the office in fields that disproportionally affect women, including domestic violence, coercive control and honour-based violence.

“International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to take stock of where we’ve been, where we’re going and what we need to do to Be Bold For Change in the future.”

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