Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has called on the PSNI chief constable to take action to increase the number of women police officers.
The Policing Board member said: “At this week’s meeting of the Policing Board, on the even of International Women’s Day, I challenged the chief constable on the number of women in the PSNI.
“The fact that I raised my concerns to an all-male panel at the Policing Board highlights the extent of the problem.
“Assistant chief constable Alastair Finlay claimed there was a problem attracting female recruits because too few women are passing the fitness test.
“Not only is that insulting to women, it could also put off potential recruits, particularly young women.
“Until there are more women in the PSNI, young women will not have positive roll models in policing and will be reluctant to join.
“The chief constable needs to take come up with an action plan to address the imbalance and make policing more attractive to women and take proactive steps on recruitment.”