Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Lynnette Kelly has visited Police Cadets at Barr Hill School in Coventry to raise awareness about International Women’s Day.

During the session the APCC highlighted the importance of recognising the challenges that women face.

The discussion began by the Cadets thinking about how far we have come since the first International Women’s Day gathering in 1911 in having equality for all women.

Lynnette gave a talk to the Cadets women in policing and gave a brief history of how women’s role has changed in policing.

By talking about women in the police the Assistant Commissioner aims to get more young people engaged with policing and give them the confidence they need to pursue a career in the force.

The Police Cadet scheme was recently reintroduced into the West Midlands by Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

The Police Cadets initiative aims to makes a positive difference to the lives of young people across the West Midlands. The Cadets programme is open to young people aged 13-17 many of whom come from disadvantaged or challenging backgrounds.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Lynnette Kelly said: “It is important to recognise what women have achieved in the past 100 years however, it is vital that we realise that there is still a long way to go.

“I hope that by speaking to the Cadets I was able to inspire them and give them the confidence that they need to pursue a career in policing.

“As a former pupil of Barr Hill School I felt that it was important that I take the opportunity to speak at this event and highlight how far women have come in getting equality but also that there is still plenty of work to do.”

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