Lorna Dennison Wilkins
By March 2016, 28.6% of police officers in England and Wales were women
They still only represent 28% of all police.
Lorna Dennison Wilkins. Joined Sussex police in 1998.
I was a police constable in Brighton for seven years before being promoted to sergeant in 2005. Two years later I joined the Specialist Search Unit, which I was the first woman to join since it was established in 1966.
The unit performed search and recovery in hazardous areas which includes underwater search (police diving), confined-space entry and search, rope access, marine operations, disaster victim recovery, major crime search, and swift water operations.
During my time on the unit I began a research study called the “Body Recovery From Water Study”, which aims to collect and share data about body recoveries in inland water for more effective searching.
Outside of work I have 12 bicycles, two kayaks, a stand-up paddleboard, and a pair of skis – which indicates what I like to do in my spare time.