Take a look throughout the decades as the WA Police Force celebrates 100 years of women in policing.
The Woman's Police Unit in attendance at the retirement parade for Commissioner John Doyle in 1952
A typical working day for Constables Nicholson and Val Doherty locating a young distressed child in the early 1960s
Superintendent Ethel Scott (centre) being congratulated on her retirement by (from left) Wilma Currie, Val Doherty and J Stanford in 1971
Fran Dodd (nee Murray) on her wedding day to husband Alan in 1975
A newspaper clipping about the new uniforms for women constables in 1976 (source unknown)
Constable Bridget Bachs - the first woman traffic patrol officer in 1977
Prince Charles inspecting the mounted branch during a visit in 1977 - including the first police woman rider Merryn Bojcun (nee McCall)
A photo taken by the Daily News of trainee police women in 1977. From left – Jessica Booth, Leonie Webb, Diane Oberman and Judy Hoffman
An article in the Sunday Independent in 1979 about Constable Leonie Webb – the first female member of the police diving squad
The first serving police officers to marry - Gail Parkinson (nee Gardiner) on her wedding day to Superintendent David Parkinson in 1978
An article in the Police News featuring Sergeant Bronwyn Keighley-Gerardy as the first female police officer elected to the Executive Council of the Western Australia Police Union in 1980
Senior Sergeant Jennifer Leete the first female to receive the WA Police Force Officer of the Year in 1983
Jennifer Milligan models the female officer’s uniform in 1983
Recruits from school 3 preparing for their graduation in 1985
Senior Sergeant Jennifer Leete modelling the pants uniform option she fought hard for female police officers to wear in 1985
First Class Sergeant Norma Thurstun receiving her long service medal in 1985
The first female pipe band member Ellen Tattersal (nee Giblett) in the band’s Number I uniform in 1986
The staff at Bunbury CIB in 1989
Jennifer Milligan with crime prevention cut outs in 1989
Officer Amanda Gelmi with a child involved in a school bus fire on the freeway in 1992
Jill Willoughby in 1996
Cath Bullen at an awards ceremony in 1996
Natalie Morris putting recruit Narelle Woods through her paces at the Academy in 1997
Constable Courtney Roberts from Murdoch Police Station is the individual winner in the Nine News WA Police Force Excellence Awards in 2016
January 2017 saw the largest group of female Officers-In-Charge of Police Stations in one district - the South East Metropolitan District.
The Mid-West Gascoyne District held an event for their staff on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017 to commemorate the centenary of women in policing.
A corporate luncheon to mark International Women’s Day was held at Perth Police Complex for both current and former police officers and staff on 8 March 2017.
Some of the senior female police officers at this year’s ANZAC Day Parade in the city who led the WA Police Force contingent on 25 April.
The South West District also organised a female contingent for their ANZAC Day Parade in Bunbury. The police contingent was comprised of 30 officers led by both current and past serving female officers.
Our Professional Development Division arranged ‘Inspiring Leaders’ lunchtime sessions between May and August that all staff could attend. Each session included a WA Police Force leader and a community leader to give an insight into their careers as well as answering questions from attendees.
Corporate Services held a Professional Development Session for their female police officers and staff on 1 June, giving them an opportunity to network and hear from some guest speakers.
The Intelligence Division held an event on 1 June for their staff, both male and female, on leadership and Women in Policing.
A forum was held on 8 June by the North West Metropolitan District to commemorate 100 years of Women in Policing. Over 100 of their staff attended to hear from guest speaker, Andrew Horabin, who delivered an entertaining and thought-provoking presentation around inclusive language and unconscious bias.
The Central Metropolitan District held an event for their staff on 22 June with several guest speakers and gave their staff an opportunity to talk with senior police officers.
Personalised cupcakes at the Central Metropolitan District.
A luncheon for former female police officers was held at the WA Police Force Academy on 30 June to acknowledge their contribution to the history of women in policing and give them an opportunity to reconnect with some old friends and colleagues.