Cambridgeshire Police Federation members are being encouraged to take part in a national menopause survey to help improve understanding and support.
The ‘EveryonePause’ survey was launched to coincide with World Menopause Day and closes at the end of November.
Branch chair Liz Groom said: “I would urge all officers to take part in this survey.
“If you are a woman experiencing the menopause, you could give valuable insight into how you are coping with this while working in policing but perhaps you are working alongside or living with someone who is having menopausal symptoms and you could share your experiences of that.
“It is really important for everyone to have their say so that the Federation can get an accurate take on this issue and how it is affecting the whole workforce. It can then help shape future policy within policing.”
The survey is a joint project being conducted by researchers at the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), and on behalf of PFEW, UNISON, the Police Superintendents’ Association, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
The Federation is hoping to build on the success of its first menopause survey, which was carried out five years ago and was used to help develop National Menopause Guidance which is in place across all forces.
National Federation women’s lead Hayley Aley, who is taking the lead with the survey, also urged as many members as possible to take part in the online survey.
She said: “The purpose of this survey is to give us the evidence we can provide to leaders to action what needs to change, to praise those that are getting it right, to share some good practice and to ensure forces provide the right support and guidance to all.”