Women In Policing Careers Event – 5 March 2020

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020, Sussex Police will host its first Women in Policing careers evening on Thursday 5 March in the Arora Hotel, Crawley.

This Women in Policing careers event will offer a safe space where women can build their networks and meet other women who currently work for Sussex Police, including a presentation by Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner, who began her policing career at Norfolk Constabulary in 1993 and has held a number of roles, including local policing, crime investigation, public protection, corporate development and specialist operations.

Whilst the event is to encourage more women into our organisation, it is open to everyone and there will be numerous stalls where you will have the opportunity to discover more about the variety of staff and officer specialisms within Sussex Police, staff networks, support groups and upcoming job opportunities.

Departments that will be attending the event include:

  • Contact Centre
  • Forensics
  • Operational Services (Firearms, Traffic, Dogs)
  • Investigations
  • PCSOs
  • Human Resources – including vetting and fitness advice
  • Positive Action Team
  • Evolve – Sussex Police’s staff support group for gender

PC Stephanie Barrett will be at the careers event for those wishing to learn about the role of dog handlers within Sussex Police.

Steph lives at home with Gem, a six year old general purpose German Shepherd and Basil, an eight year old specialist “sniffer” Spaniel. She said: “Being a police dog handler is more than just a job, it’s a partnership between dog and handler that lasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I have been a police officer for 19.5 years, and a dog handler for 16 years. I’ve always loved animals, and I joined the police force specifically to become a dog handler. From day one it’s all I wanted to do, and being determined – and some would say a little stubborn – I was lucky enough to achieve my dream at an early stage in my career.  

“My favourite things about my job are that I can help keep Sussex safe with my dogs, I get to work every day with my best friends and I get disappointed if I come home from work and I don’t feel like I’ve competed in a tough mudder!

“As a police officer, the hardest thing about my job is that we get to see the best and worst of life. But I am lucky as I have the best crew mates in the world… they don’t even criticise my singing at 2:00am in the morning!

“I love my job, and love that I never stop learning. Gem and I look forward to meeting you all on 5 March!”

Doors open at 17:30, but there will be two sessions available at 17:45 and 19:00 if you wish to attend DCC Shiner’s presentation. You are welcome to drop-in and speak with specific departments at any time within these hours, however please select the number of tickets required. Guests are welcome to bring family and friends.

For more information and to book your tickets, click here.