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Ch Supt Hannah Wheeler on policewomen in the Metropolitan Police (Part 1)

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In conversation with May-Britt, Chief Supt; Hannah Wheeler from the Metropolitan Police (Met), discusses the progress of women in policing as part of the #sheisipa series.

In 1993, there were fewer women in the Met compared to now, with roughly 30% of the current 32,500 police officers being female. While the number of women in the Met has increased, there is still progress to be made to achieve gender equality. Hannah shares her experience as one of the first female officers to have a warrant number the same as male officers, as women’s warrant numbers were discontinued in 1993. She also highlights the changes in the length of service and the supportive environment in the police force.


  • The number of women in the Metropolitan Police has increased, but there is still progress to be made to achieve gender equality.
  • In 1993, women’s warrant numbers were discontinued, and female officers were given the same warrant numbers as male officers.
  • The length of service for police officers has changed significantly, with most officers now having between 18 months to two years of service.
  • The police force has become more supportive, with leaders being open to new ideas and initiatives.


00:10 Introduction and Background
01:10 Facts about English Police
04:11 Moving Around and Discovering Neighbourhood Policing
06:23 Dealing with Non-Crime Related Issues
09:22 Balancing Work and Family Life
14:43 Joining IPA and the Benefits

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