Part 4 - Where to From Here?
During the celebration of 100 years of WA women in policing, we looked back at our trailblazing women, but looking forward inevitably involves the vision of our current leaders. The WA Police Force has two female assistant commissioners in the current leadership group and they’re both passionate about our organisation’s future.
Assistant Commissioner (State Crime) Michelle Fyfe said the most fundamentally important part of her current role is that it demonstrates to other women and girls that they can achieve whatever they want. “I’m proud to be a role model for my own daughters and to others, and if seeing what I’ve achieved inspires them to pursue their own dream in whatever realm they choose, that’s a pretty special outcome,” she said.
“Of course, we’ve all had to make sacrifices along the way, and I remain commited about removing some of the barriers my female colleagues and I have had to surmount on our personal and professional journeys.”
Assistant Commissioner (Metro Region North) Kellie Properjohn said just as she has been inspired by many of the women who came before her, she hopes the next generation of female police officers will be motivated by the contribution women are making in all areas of policing today. “There’s no shortage of strong, intelligent women moving up through our ranks, which indicates there’s a bright and successful future for women in the WA Police Force,’ she said.
The WA Police Force planned a number of events throughout 2017, and it is hoped many more current and former police women join in the celebrations and participate by sharing their stories to further build on this chapter in the WA Police Force history.
References (for all parts of Our stories):
(i) Into the Blue – A Celebration of 80 years for Women in Policing in Western Australia. The Centre for Police Research, Edith Cowan University (1998)
(ii) The Journal for Woman and Policing Issue No.35 Spring 2014 pp 14-17
(iii) WA Police Force Strategic Human Resources – various.
(iv) The WA Police Force Commemorative Book – (digital copy)
(v) Anecdotal accounts obtained during interviews with retired WA Police Force women.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only. While every effort has been made to verify all details are historically accurate, the WA Police Force does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information contained.