According to new data, only two of the five police officers hired in recent years are women.
As part of the 2019 election manifesto Government promised to raise 20,000 new police officers England and Wales by March 2023 along with a campaign to improve gender and ethnic diversity in the military.
Home office The data show that women recruits accounted for only 42% of the 24,577 police officers hired between April 2020, when gender gaps were first recorded, until March this year.
The proportion of women in the police ranks has increased slightly since before the rise, to 34% in late March against 31% at the same time in 2019.
The numbers are a figure, women are more likely to work part-time, which means that the number of female police officers on the streets is also likely to be less than indicated.
Jemima Olczawski, CEO Fawcett Societya charity campaign advocating for gender equality said trust in the police had been “shaken” because of the “culture of misogyny” in some forces.
She said: “These statistics represent some progress, but to achieve equality, we need more women coming into force, and that means recognizing the real problem of sexism and taking significant steps to eliminate it.”
The gender balance of new employees varies depending on the police.
Women made up at least half of the recent recruits in only three armies: Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.
On the contrary, Wiltshire Police recruited the smallest number of female officers, only 33%.
Rick Muir, director of the Police Foundation think tank, said: “The number of women police officers has been gradually increasing over the last two decades, but there is still a long way to go.”
Speaking about the upswing, he said the government had focused on “numbers above the warehouse” to achieve its goal in the manifesto – without paying enough attention to the diversity of new recruits to the police.
Mr Muir added that it was too early to say whether the recent police scandals and declining trust in the police would affect the number of women subscribers.
A total of 13,576 additional officers have joined the police ranks across England and Wales as part of the promotion since November 2019, taking into account those who have left their posts.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry called it “an opportunity once in a generation to make the police a more representative community they serve”, adding: “The police workforce is more diverse than ever.
“However, we are aware that much work remains to be done, so the government continues to work closely with the police to ensure the representativeness of their workforce.”