NSW Police

 


NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE FORCE A BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY WORKPLACE

 

NNSW Police Force is Australia’s oldest and largest police organisation and one of the biggest in the  western world. It has a large and diverse workforce of over twenty one thousand, with staff employed in a wide variety of roles and females making up more than 35% of the workforce.


In 2015, the NSW Police Force celebrated 100 years of Women in Policing and 50 years since women were officially ‘sworn in’ as Constables and given the full powers of a police officer. Much has changed in the role women play in the organisation over these years and the NSW Police Force continues to seek to improve recruitment, retention and development opportunities for women.

The NSW Police Force is committed to developing an inclusive and supportive culture that supports and promotes women in policing. We recognise the importance of breastfeeding for the health of infants and mothers and support those employees who choose to breastfeed or express milk at work. In 2010 we released a Breastfeeding Policy to support women returning to work and a year later were awarded Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Accreditation from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

In November 2011 the NSW Police Force had six dedicated lactation rooms for use by our employees providing an environment where women felt comfortable both breastfeeding and expressing milk. Today we have 23 such locations and a suite of working arrangements available to women to assist with their carer responsibilities, including Flexible Work Arrangements, Parental Leave, Family and Community Service and Personal Carers Leave policies.