JACKIE HIRST: Womens networking and the menopause.
Chief Inspector Jackie Hirst is a 27 year career police officer based at Blackpool in Lancashire.
Chair of the "Women in policing" network, she is also a Force Incident Commander and Operations Manager for Firearms and Road Policing.
Jackie started her career at the south end of Blackpool, an extremely busy sector where new officers literally sank or swim.
During her career she suffered bereavement on a scale that would have finished most people. To her credit she used the experience to push forward, refusing to give in and ultimately came out the other side a wiser person.