Officers can nominate colleagues who they feel have made an outstanding contribution to women in policing for a national Federation award.
Nominations for this year’s Women in Policing Award are now open, giving a current, or recently retired officer who has gone above and beyond their job while on duty, the chance to be recognised.
The last winner to claim the title was Lancashire Sergeant Hana Alayli-Moore in 2019, with the award cancelled last year due to the ongoing pandemic.
Sgt Alayli-Moore introduced the idea of ‘Maternity Buddies’ after noticing that officers and staff felt isolated both before and after pregnancy.
Male and female volunteers were identified within the workplace to receive relevant training to enable them to support their colleagues.
Sgt Alayi-Moore assisted in the delivery of the training and created a process whereby expectant colleagues, or those going through the adoption process, are allocated a point of contact to support them during such a significant time.
The scheme has had a hugely positive impact on others, helping to reduce anxiety of colleagues while on maternity leave, as well as during their return to work.
First launched in 2015, the first Federation Women in Policing Award was presented to the families of Greater Manchester Police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, who were killed in a gun and grenade attack in 2012.
The closing date for all nominations is 30 April. Nominators can be officers or police staff and all nominations must be submitted to Gwent Police Federation for approval.
This year’s winner will be presented with the award at this year’s annual national conference on 9 June.