Margaret Moore, director of the National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP), will be a guest speaker for the Police Service of Northern Ireland next week at the launch of the Gender Action Plan for women and policing in Belfast, Ireland. The Gender Action Plan contains 33 recommendations to improve the recruitment, retention, and progression of women officers and staff. Moore will be speaking at the request of Commissioner Kathy O’Toole of Boston, who helped shape the Gender Action Plan when she previously served on a commission to improve policing services overall in Northern Ireland.
Commissioner O’Toole was a speaker at the NCWP Annual Leadership Training Conference in Washington, DC in 2002, discussing organizational change and the importance of gender balancing. O’Toole’s selection of Moore as a speaker reinforces the importance of the work performed by NCWP on gender issues and policing.
The National Center for Women and Policing, a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation, promotes increasing the numbers of women at all ranks of law enforcement as a strategy to improve police response to violence against women, reduce police brutality and excessive force, and strengthen community policing reforms.