30th anniversary for police women in Denia

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A CONFERENCE to recognise the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of the first woman to the local police in Denia took place at the end of February.

The conference, ‘Integration of women in the bodies of Police Community Valencia’ was attended by Denia Mayor Vicente Grimalt, the Councillor for Citizen Security, Javier Scotto and Equality Councillor Elizabeth Cardona who each spoke in the opening ceremony.

Councillor Scotto explained that the day was aimed to emphasise the importance of women in the local police force. He recognised that the ratio of women to men in the force has required hard work to balance, both by the force itself and the women police officers, however, numbers still show a lower presence of women in the force than men, with the organisation not yet reaching desired targets.

Equality Councillor Elizabeth Cardona reiterated the words of Scotto, before dedicating a speech to Enriqueta Flocks Faus, the first woman to join Denia Police thirty years ago. She spoke about how Flocks worked with effort, dedication and courage as the first woman in a body of men.

Mayor Grimalt concluded, reflecting on how far the force have come and what next steps should be taken. He confirmed that equality in numbers of women and men in the local police force is yet to be one hundred percent effective and the only day it will cease to be a goal, is when it has become and achievement.

After the opening ceremony, the event continued with a round table discussion about the past, present and future of women police officers, with the participation of Enriqueta Flocks herself, now a member of Gandia Police and other local representatives including Angels Navarro, Head of Training Safety and Emergencies (IVASPE) and Stephanie Navarrete, inspector of the Local Police of Valencia.

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