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British Transport Police Chief “Disgusted” at Torrent of Abuse Following Announcement of New Female Senior Officer

The Chief of the British Transport Police has expressed her dismay at the level of abuse witnessed on social media in response to the appointment of the force’s new Assistant Chief Constable, Karen Findlay. Findlay assumed her new role on February 16, transitioning from the Metropolitan Police where she had served for several years.

Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi issued a statement on X today (Saturday, February 17), condemning the “vile, nasty, and homophobic messages” directed at Findlay following the announcement.

In her statement, D’Orsi remarked, “I have been shocked to see how many people took our post, which was celebrating the appointment of a senior woman in policing, as an opportunity to respond with vile, nasty, and homophobic messages.

Commander Findlay also addressed the issue, emphasizing the importance of focusing on professional accomplishments rather than succumbing to misogynistic and homophobic abuse. She asserted, “As female officers & staff colleagues, within policing & in any other job, our professional experience, contribution & commitment shld be the focus. NOT the vile misogynistic, homophobic, sexist vileness experienced.”

Despite her disgust at the replies, D’Orsi opted to keep the post visible to spotlight the misogyny faced by women in policing, emphasizing the need to confront such behavior rather than ignore it.

Karen Findlay brings over 30 years of experience as an exceptional leader and public order commander to her new role. D’Orsi underscored that Findlay’s achievements should be the focus of discussion, not the abusive comments directed towards her.

In her concluding remarks, D’Orsi affirmed, “In policing, we understand the value of public scrutiny; we welcome conversations about policing, actions, and how we can improve. But let me be clear, I will not accept bullying.”

The British Transport Police encourages anyone with relevant information to come forward and report incidents of abuse.

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