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Paula Borrello: Inspiring women to pursue careers in policing

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Paula, the vice president of the International Police Association (IPA) Section Portugal, discusses the challenges of balancing work and family life as a police officer. She highlights the importance of having support from family members, such as her husband, grandmother, and uncle, to take care of her son during her working hours. Paula also emphasizes the need for a school for police officers’ children, as the current school hours do not align with their work schedules. Additionally, she shares insights into the low representation of women in the police force and the limited opportunities for promotion.


  • Balancing work and family life can be challenging for police officers, especially with irregular working hours.
  • Having a supportive family is crucial for police officers, as they often rely on family members to take care of their children during work hours.
  • There is a need for a school specifically for the children of police officers, as the current school hours do not align with their parents’ work schedules.
  • The representation of women in the police force is still low, and there are limited opportunities for promotion.
  • Sharing personal stories and experiences can inspire and encourage other women to pursue careers in policing.

Sound Bites

  • “The beginning is very difficult because I’m working in the night and in the day.”
  • “I have a support for the family. Yes, I have a support.”
  • “The one school for the sons for the police, it’s very important, but don’t have in Portugal.”


00:00 Promoting Portugal and IPA
00:28 Combining Family and Work
10:28 Inspiring Women in Policing
11:42 Conclusion and Future Plans

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