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Snapshots of a Century of Women In Policing In South Australia

South Australia Police will recognise a significant milestone in history on Tuesday (1 December) with a street parade in Adelaide’s CBD celebrating a century of women in policing.

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Liverpool’s Women in Policing Baton Relay Marches Through CBD


Liverpool Police Station held it’s Women in Policing Baton Relay this morning [Wednesday August 19], at Bigge Park.

The relay event had visited police stations throughout the state, to mark 100 years of women in policing.

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Fairfield and Cabramatta Police Celebrate 100 Years of Female Cops

Fairfield and Cabramatta police have celebrated 100 years of women in the force with two grand baton relays through the region’s streets.

On Wednesday, Fairfield Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon joined 15 of his female officers for their baton relay.

Superintendent Doreen Cruickshank regaled the crowd with tales of the early days of her career, when female police had to get permission to be married and were kept in desk jobs.

Cabramatta police held their own celebratory relay on Friday.

Students from Cabramatta High watched the relay and learned a few tips about policing from female officers.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

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


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.

Mount Druitt LAC Celebrates 100 Years of Women In Policing

When Lillian Armfield and Maude Rhodes were appointed as special constables in 1915, they weren’t allowed to wear uniform or carry firearms.

It was 1948 before women were allowed to wear a uniform in the NSW Police Force, 1965 before they were sworn in as constables, and 1979 before they were allowed to carry firearms as a matter of routine.

“Today, easily a quarter of the officers are women at Mount Druitt local area command,” Sergeant Julie Underwood said.

Sergeant Underwood, a cop for 18 years, was one of 33 officers from her command celebrating the centenary of women in the NSW Police Force by taking part in a baton relay on July 29.

Read more in St Marys Star.

Source: www.stmarysstar.com.au

Hundred Years of Women In Policing: ‘Our Culture Has Changed Incredibly’

When Doreen Cruikshank joined the police in 1971, she wore a uniform dubbed the ‘air hostess dress’ and gave school lectures on road safety for the first 15 months.

She had never even heard of a policewoman while growing up in the town of Gilgandra.

But even in the 70s, the force offered equal pay for female officers, who were already standing their ground and paving the way for those to come.

As the NSW police celebrate 100 years of women in policing this year, they are turning their gaze to the few units where women are still excluded.

The Highway Patrol’s Motorcycle Response Unit has just one woman and the Tactical Operations Unit, who respond to high-risk situations like sieges, has no women.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

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