Department Creates 'Crying Rooms' For Female Officers In Menopause

A police department introduced a new policy that sets different guidelines for female officers in menopause.

​Nottinghamshire, UK – A UK police department has instituted a whole new set of policies for female officers going through menopause, including giving them “crying rooms” and letting them control the police station’s thermostat.

As part of the initiative, the women are also “risk-assessed” for every job they do and are being allowed to come into work late, the Daily Mail reported.

As unusual as the menopause policy might seem, the Nottinghamshire Police are not the first ones to introduce it in their UK workspace. Leicester University, Severn Trent Water and energy company E.ON. have already introduced the same sort of policies to avoid being sued for discrimination, according to the Daily Mail.

The policy was introduced after Detective Constable Keeley Mansell wrote a “Menopause Manager’s Guide,” the Sun reported.

Critics have called the new policies – which include allowing female officers to do fitness tests one-on-one because running in front of a male colleague can be a confidence buster – patronizing and insulting.

“The police are being indulgent,” said Sam Taylor, editor of The Lady magazine. “By the time a woman hits her mid-40s, she really should be able to pull herself together when she’s having a hot flush.”

“I work in a magazine full of middle-aged women and if they feel a bit overwrought, they go home after work and have a stiff gin and tonic or mainline chocolate Hobnobs and sweet tea,” Taylor said.

Advocates of the police department’s new policy believed menopause deserved the same perks as pregnancy.

“Nobody would argue against the need and value of maternity policies, which took decades to roll out,” Deborah Garlick, founder of a support network called Henpicked, told the Daily Mail. “We would like to see menopause policies accelerated and implemented much faster than that.”

The Nottinghamshire Police’s new policy said menopausal women should be allowed to take frequent breaks, have easy access to toilets and showers, and be given desks with a breeze or given a fan, according to the Daily Mail.

The policy also dictated that female officers should be able to change their uniform or remove unnecessary layers to cope with hot flushes. They should also have “private areas” where they can “rest temporarily, cry or talk with a colleague.”

Strangely, the police department’s new policy also permitted dispensing with basic law enforcement safety measures.

“Frontline officers may also be permitted to dispense with body armour if it proves uncomfortable,” the Sun reported.

Member of Parliament David Davies called the new policy “insulting.”

"I don't think they need to be told they may need a private space to cry,” Davies said. "That's a little bit insulting to women officers who confront very tough situations on a daily basis."

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Completely ridiculous...


Ok, dealing with menopause I could totally go for the temp control or the fans. But I'd rather just have a cold room... not a cry room. Cry if ya want in the cold room, but that's what regulates the emotions. In the cold room, chocolate is a must. On the street, use the neck cooling scarves like those used in Arizona. It sucks to be sweaty, but once you are dripping with sweat anyway, it doesn't matter. If you can't control the emotional rollercoaster then get reassigned until you can. It doesn't last forever, but menopause is not comfortable for anyone. I advise men to have some humor, donate chocolate, ice cubes, and cooling scarves. Under armour is great for dealing with the under clothes and under the vest. If you are dead bc you take your vest off then menopause is the least of your problems. In the UK where few carry guns as cops I can see how this is considered. I've met many female officers who are wearing skirts on patrol or as their dress uniform. Ditch the skirt people, modernize the uniforms for all and use fabrics other than polyester. Ladies, this too shall pass and it is yet another stage of the curse... soon you won't have to deal with needing the extra pockets for fem items... you will have extra money each month to spend on more chocolate. Have some laughs with this and give the guys a break... sounds like this dept is trying.