Young women graduate from Met Police scheme at Hendon event

18 young women from across north London took part in the week-long initiative challenging stereotypes about careers in policing

A group of young women from across north London at the graduation ceremony for the MetGirlz programme at Hendon Police College
The MetGirlz graduation ceremony at Hendon Police College – (Credit – Met Police)

Young women from across north London attended a graduation event in Hendon last week as part of an initiative from the Metropolitan Police.

18 young women from different parts of north London took part in the week-long MetGirlz programme, designed to challenge the stereotypes that exist between young people and the police – and provide information on the roles and opportunities offered by the force. 

The graduation ceremony held at Hendon Police College last Friday (18th) included a certificate presentation and talks about routes into jobs. 

The MetGirlz programme gives young women aged 17 to 20 who are interested in policing the opportunity to find out more about the Met from female officers working in different parts of the organisation. 

This includes visits to the Marine Support Unit, the police dogs and their handlers, the police horses and the Mounted Branch.

PC Karen Brown, who founded the summer programme, said: “I wanted to give young women at the start of their careers the opportunity to see the variety of roles that the Metropolitan Police has to offer – an opportunity that I wished I had. I joined the Met quite late in my career, and I know if I had the chance to go back I would have joined as soon as I could.

PC Claire Argyle, who led the roll out of the MetGirlz initiative, said: “We wanted to put young women from diverse backgrounds at the front and centre of this project. Often for young people living in London, their only experience of interacting with police is when things around them are going wrong.”

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe, who presented the certificates at the graduation ceremony last week, said: “The MetGirlz programme is a brilliant initiative that allows us to work with young women who are thinking about their future, building positive relationships and showcasing the best of what the Met has to offer.” 

She added: “I’m so impressed by these young women – by their commitment to the programme, their achievements and their openness to learn more about a career in policing. We are so pleased to have worked with them.”

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