Women Celebrate 100 Years In the Police Force


It’s been a century since women were first sworn in as police officers in Australia, but despite steps to increase their presence, women aren’t joining up at the same rate as men.

A regular working day for Senior Constable Rosa Fali in the western suburbs of Sydney varies from street patrols, call outs to domestic disputes or the numerous other queries that make up an average working day.

For Senior Constable Fali joining the police force has been the realisation of a life-long dream.

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer, since I was a young girl. It was something that I’ve always wanted to do. A little bit clich├ęd, but I’ve always just wanted to help people.”

But working as a female officer in multicultural area can be challenging, she said.

“Some cultural backgrounds aren’t used to having, or dealing with, female police officers, for whatever reasons. Maybe back where, their country of origin, they don’t have many female police officers.”

This year Senior Constable Rosa Fali is one of thousands of female police officers celebrating 100 years of women in policing.

More than one in four sworn police officers in New South Wales today are women, consistent with rates seen in other states.

At a recent police graduation ceremony in New South Wales just over one-third of the graduates were women.

It is a major jump from 1915, when New South Wales first recruited two women, followed by South Australia and other states.

Read more at SBS.

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