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The Ku-ring-gai Local Area Command To Celebrate 100 Years of Women In Policing

Ku-ring-gai Local Area Command will celebrate 100 years of women in policing with a special event in Hornsby next week.

It will feature a 3km baton relay around the Hornsby CBD using a custom-made NSW Police baton that has been making its way across NSW as part of state-wide centenary celebrations.

There will also be a display of past and present uniforms, recruitment advice and information about the history of women in policing.

“Anyone who is interested is invited to come down and have a look,” Sergeant Natalie Parle said.

Sgt Parle is is one of about 46 women police officers based at Ku-ring-gai LAC. She joined the NSW Police Force 15 years ago and has worked at Manly and Gosford stations and at the State Crime Command.

Read more in the Daily Telegraph.


Source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Cabramatta Police Encourage More Women To Join the NSW Police Force

A century after the first two female NSW police officers were sworn in, Cabramatta Probationary Constable Ashlea McDonnell said she would like to see more women don the blue uniform.

Since joining Cabramatta police station seven months ago, the general duties officer said the biggest misconception about her work is that policing is a boys’ club.

She said that at Cabramatta station she sees female role models every day. “They’re just really strong women. It’s inspiring,” she said.


Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Ryde Local Area Command Celebrates 100 Years of Women In NSW Police Force

The old and the new came together as part of Ryde Local Area Command’s celebration of 100 years of women in the police force.

Back for the party was Janne McMahon, who retired in 2011 after 42 years service, at which time she was the longest serving detective in NSW.

At the other end of the spectrum is Probationary Constable Alicia Hatton, only eight weeks into service at Ryde LAC after her attestation from the Police Academy in Goulburn.

And in between are administrative officer Carmen Bingham, who joined in 1982 after being told she was too short to be a police officer, and 81-year-old Elizabeth Bolton, a former teacher who has been a volunteer in policing for the past 18 years.

Ms McMahon’s father, Dick, served 37 years in the force, and she was sworn in on her birthday, June 23, 1969.

“I just thought it would be good to join the police,” she said.

“There was a minimum height of 167cm. I wasn’t that tall but I stood on my toes.

“We did the same training as the men but it was seven years until I was given a gun.

“I was one of the first dozen female detectives, but even then the jobs weren’t the same as the men.”

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Police Baton Relay Arrives In Quakers Hill

Quakers Hill police celebrated the centenary of women in the NSW Police Force on Saturday by taking part in a baton relay.

About 20 female officers — and a token male in crime manager Detective Inspector Brett Guyatt — took part in the inaugural NSW Women in Policing Baton Relay, which started at the Sydney Opera House on March 8, International Women’s Day.

This year’s celebrations recognise women in policing, which began with Lillian Armfield and Maude Rhodes, who were employed as special constables in 1915.


Read more in Blacktown Sun.

Source: www.blacktownsun.com.au

Women In NSW Police Mark 100 Years With a Baton Relay To Castle Hill

When Police in NSW first advertised for two female police in 1915 an astounding 500 women applied.

At the time, female police could not get into patrol cars, they caught public transport to give school talks and had police issue handbags with a separate pocket for handcuffs.

Female officers from The Hills LAC will be running from Rouse Hill to Castle Hill on Monday, to promote 100 years of women in police.

There will also be a mobile exhibition of the history of women in policing which will be in The Piazza at Castle Towers on Monday from noon.

Read more in the Daily Telegraph.


Source: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Castle Hill Police Mark 100 Years of Female Officers

As late as the 1970s, female police officers in NSW were issued with an official handbag, complete with a pocket designed for their handcuffs.

It’s a fact that amazes Sergeant Kaylene Wade, of Castle Hill police, as the state honours 100 years of women in policing.

The significance of the milestone has not escaped the veteran police officer of 21 years.

Originally planning to become a teacher, Sergeant Wade joined the police force while she was waiting for a school posting.

“I decided to join the police force because it was something I’d always wanted to do and I wanted to make sure there were no regrets,” she said.

Read the full story in Hills News.

Source: www.hillsnews.com.au

Hundred Years of Women In the British Police: Forces Have Changed Along With Society

When Helen Angus joined the police in 1959 and was posted to Grangemouth’s Old Town she did not view herself as a trailblazer.

Women had been serving in constabularies north and south of the border since 1915 and had become a common sight in streets across the country.

But while they had become valued members of the thin blue line, there were certain aspects of policing that remained off-limits to ladies.

They were not allowed to patrol after dark due to safety fears, for example, and could not become full members of the Criminal Investigation or dog-handling departments.

Today, around 40 per cent of all new recruits to the national Police Scotland constabulary are female, representing a significant increase compared 20 or 30 years ago.

Read more in Falkirk Herald.

Source: www.falkirkherald.co.uk

Dell Fisher Calls It a Day After 42 Years In The Queensland Police Service

The police service was very much a man’s world when Dell Fisher joined up in 1973.

Female officers were not only in the minority, they were expected to do menial tasks considered unsuitable for men.

That often included typing, filing and chauffeuring senior officers around.

A lot has changed since then and Sgt Fisher is now a shift supervisor at Caloundra Police Station and looking forward to starting a well-earned retirement.

She still has a few weeks left on the job but last night some of the state’s top police brass, including Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, were on hand to officially farewell her during a function at Pelican Waters Golf Club.

Check out tomorrow’s daily for a feature on dell’s career.

Photo: Dell Fisher with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Photo credit: Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily.

Source: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

Police Civilian Celebrates Years With NSW Police Force

Police civilian Linda Zammit tells of her love for the police force. She is profiled as part of 100 years of women in policing.

Linda Zammit swapped her police uniform for police civilian work in 2012, but still counts herself a part of the force.

Miss Zammit transferred to the Hawkesbury command’s intelligence unit, where she worked as an analyst, which included regular briefings for officers.

This Saturday, Hawkesbury command is marking 100 years of women in NSW policing with a baton relay through Windsor.

The three-kilometre relay starts in Governor Philip Park, heads out along George Street, through the Windsor CBD and back to the park.

A ceremony then takes place.

There will also be stalls, displays and a barbecue to which all residents are invited.

Details: Inspector Jackie Smith at smit2jac@police.nsw.gov.au or 0431956028.

Read more in Hawkesbury Gazette.

Source: www.hawkesburygazette.com.au

RCMP Celebrates 40th Anniversary Swearing In of the First Female Troop

Thirty-two women made history 40 years ago today when they were sworn in as the first female police officers with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Within a week, they formed Troop 17 and started six months of training in Regina, Sask., at the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division, changing the face of the RCMP forever. On March 3, 1975, 30 graduated and were sent to detachments across the country to blaze the trail for the thousands who’ve since followed.

In recognition of the significant contribution of these women, and of all the women who’ve served as civilians dating back to the 1890s, the RCMP’s National Women’s Advisory Committee (NWAC) is launching a special section on rcmp.gc.ca to tell some of their stories.

Read more on Royal Canadian Mounted Police website.

Source: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca