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Police sexism row after force calls female officers more than just pretty

first_img“This was in fact written by a 31-year-old female, who like many others initially noticed their beaming smiles and pretty faces.”But as an officer myself, I know the job they do well and would encourage any of you men, women, ‘pretty’ or ‘ugly’ to step up and see if you have what it takes!” The force insisting no offence had been caused and attempted to defend the post on the basis it was written by a woman.Under the caption “these ladies are more than just pretty faces”, the post read: “From SPC [Special Police Constable] to Superintendent, there are opportunities for everyone in the police. Don’t sit and wonder what it would be like, come and join us – we are recruiting!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Social media users said the wording of the post would not attract women to join the force, claiming it was sexist.  What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Police Scotland have been accused of “going back to the 1970s” after posting a picture of female officers with the caption: “More than just pretty faces.”The selfie of the three women in uniform was posted on the Facebook page of Edinburgh Police Division on Tuesday as part of a recruitment drive that promised “opportunities for everyone”.But the post sparked a sexism row as social media users claimed the force was using outdated language. Some branded the caption “outrageous”, “medieval” and “condescending”. Others Facebook users described Police Scotland as being outdated. On Wednesday morning, the force responded with another message – but managed to provoke more uproar.Edinburgh Police Division wrote on Facebook: “No offence caused folks. I was merely making reference to the fact these women (and men) work very hard and we are appreciative of all they do in their respective jobs – whether that’s as a volunteer for police scotland or one of the commanders for the division. However, other Facebook users responded that offence was caused:last_img read more