St Marys Local Area Command Street Parade Celebrates 100 Years of Women In Policing

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Female officers from St Marys local area command joined a giant street parade to celebrate the centenary of women in the NSW Police Force on Friday.

Inspector Tracy Stone — the highest-ranked women at her command — led the parade from St Marys’ Coachmans Park to St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct carrying a commemorative baton.

About 50 officers, sworn and unsworn, followed.

A band performed, and there was police memorabilia and Women in Policing displays.

The LAC’s Aboriginal liaison officer Darryl Hamilton gave an acknowledgement of country at the reserve. There were displays and the first female officer attached to the command, retired sergeant Deb Swain, cut a cake.

The baton will visit 76 NSW police commands before returning to the Opera House in September.

The celebrations recognise the huge journey for women in policing, which began with Lillian Armfield and Maude Rhodes, who were employed as Special Constables in 1915.

Read more in St Marys-Mt Druitt Star.


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