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First female Deputy Provost Marshal – Wing Commander Victoria Clarke

On 4th May 21, Wing Commander Victoria Clarke will be appointed as the first female Deputy Provost Marshal (RAF).

On 4th May 2021, Wing Commander Victoria Clarke will be appointed as the first female Deputy Provost Marshal (RAF).

Wing Commander Victoria Clarke will assume this high profile and important role where her vast RAF Police experience in demanding command, operational and staff appointments, including Branch and Trade Advisor and the Executive Officer to Provost Marshal (RAF), make her an ideal fit for the position.

“I have always been inspired by female pioneers who have challenged the status quo and paved the way in civil rights, education, art, science and so much more, so to find myself appointed as the first female Deputy Provost Marshal feels both humbling and exciting.

For me and hopefully for generations to come, I believe we are standing on the shoulders of countless other women who have laid the foundation for today’s glass ceiling to be broken and the doors to fully open.

Whilst some firsts achieve something spectacularly new, I feel my appointment is in recognition of the excellent representation of females that now serve in the RAF Police with an average of 22% of officers and 26% of other ranks being female. This is well above the RAF average of 14%.

I believe I am an example of not having to sacrifice your career for a family, with a serving husband and 2 young children I have been fully supported by the Service in being able to pursue my career aspirations and achieve my goals. As I take up what is a privileged position and one of influence, I will work hard to ensure that all personnel in the RAF Police feel both valued and are offered the opportunities to have a rewarding career whilst being able to challenge the boundaries and confines of the status quo.”

Wing Commander Victoria Clarke

The Deputy Provost Marshal is situated in the Office of the Provost Marshal, the strategic headquarters of the RAF Police. The role will provide assurance on the operational output of policing activity across the RAF Police Force and strategic oversight of all Office of the Provost Marshal functions. This includes direction and guidance on policy, Professional Standards, Investigative Case Management and the Provost Marshal’s Dog Inspectorate.

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