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Head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland Says Women Key to Better Policing

February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, head of the Reykjavík Police Department in Iceland, discusses her fight against gender discrimination in the police force where she says there are not enough women on the field or in managerial positions, in an interview with euronews reporter Valérie Gauriat.

Guðjónsdóttir says that the number of police women must grow "because we have to mirror the society. We are a service entity. We are trying to change our image and our approach, and how people sense us, or communicate with us. So that we are going from the old power organisation, the hierarchical organisation to an organisation that is more flat an structured where we can go faster, we can float between areas where there’s most to do. And we definitely need women because half of our clients are women."

See full story: Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir: "We need women in the police because half of our clients are women" (http://www.euronews.com)

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