International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is more than just a day, it is a movement.  This year’s theme is #PressforProgress. At Hamilton Police Service, we are proud of our strides toward gender parity and celebrating women’s achievements. In 1958, Hamilton Police Service officially swore in our first female officers. Since then, Hamilton Police Service is proud that the percentage of female officers is above the national and provincial average.  Another remarkable milestone was met in 2017, when new promotions set the female percentage of the command team at 25 per cent.

We celebrate these accomplishments and continue to build on our progress to promote gender parity across Hamilton Police Service.

Inspector Treena MacSween

Treena MacSween became the first person of color to be promoted to the rank of Inspector.  She is proud to have played a part in changing the demographics of the Hamilton Police Service command team.  Her biggest piece of advice for young women is “to surround yourself with other females that will encourage and support you.  Having a strong network of female friends and mentors is extremely important.”

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Superintendent Deborah Clark

Deborah Clark has been with Hamilton Police Service for 30 years and has been a Superintendent for the past 12 years.  To her, it is important to celebrate the changes for the better and be a role model to show others that there is a career in policing for women.   She also believes that, “It’s important to look for quality role models to get to where you want to go.”

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Cadet Chloe Schleichkorn

Chloe Schleichkorn is a Cadet at Hamilton Police Service.  She believes that International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the choices we make, and as a society we can continue to contribute in breaking down gender barriers.  Chloe believes in continuing conversing with youth about gender equality, gender roles and gender stereotypes; and to empower them to advocate for positive change in the community.
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Constable Zayna Rawan

Zayna Rawan believes the key to reaching your full potential is confidence. A constable with Hamilton Police Service, she finds it motivating to hear someone else’s story and share the things they have done that got them to where they want to be. Zayna believes that International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to get the message across for women that are struggling.

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