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Policewomen Collection

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Seven women police officers in netball team

Seven women police officers in netball team
Seven women police officers in the 1954 Met Police netball team, posing with a ball and a netball post. They include Heather Walker, Nora Blacklock, June Barrett and Pat Stacke. Date: 1954

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Police on Duty

Police on Duty
Police officers talking to an Asian man in the street. Metropolitan Police

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence exercise
Woman police officer (Moya Wood-Heath) taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event, watched by spectators. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform

Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform
Woman police officer (Eileen Greenwood) in the new Surrey uniform introduced in 1973. The jacket was single-breasted with four buttons, and the hat was in black and white with a checked design

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in Hartnell uniform, London

Woman police officer in Hartnell uniform, London
Woman police officer (Margaret Miles) in a London street, wearing the new style Norman Hartnell uniform, introduced in 1968. Date: circa late 1960s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers in gas masks, London, WW2

Two women police officers in gas masks, London, WW2
Two women police officers in gas masks in London during the Second World War. One of them is Florence Bragg (joined November 1936). Date: 1940s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London

Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, with her three brothers (together with Sergeant Henry Pegler) in the yard of Crawford Place Police Station, London W1 -- the brothers are

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London
A woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, at Kennington, London, wearing belted jacket (summer uniform), helmet with badge, white shirt and tie, and duty armband. Date: 1933

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London

Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London
Woman police officer Annie Matthews (nickname Big Ben), on duty at the childrens lido in Hyde Park, London. Before joining the Met Police, Annie worked as a housemaid at Glamis Castle in Scotland

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer Kathleen Saville, London, WW2

Woman police officer Kathleen Saville, London, WW2
Woman police officer Kathleen Saville (joined January 1940), on duty in London during the Second World War, seen here at a railway station helping a group of child evacuees find their train

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers and woman with suitcase

Two women police officers and woman with suitcase
Two women police officers (Jean Grasy and Margaret Findlay or Knight), one of them a sergeant, talking to a young woman with a suitcase on a London street. (1 of 2) Date: circa 1960s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Alice B Clayden, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, London. She also had three brothers in the police force. In 1922, during the period of the so-called Geddes Axe when the government of the day

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace

Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, outside Buckingham Palace on 2 January 1928. Her brother Sergeant Alfred William Clayden (second from left)

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace

Inspector Alice B Clayden outside Buckingham Palace
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden (second from right), outside Buckingham Palace on 2 January 1928. Her brother Sergeant Alfred William Clayden (second from left)

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in updated uniform, London

Woman police officer in updated uniform, London
Woman police officer in the updated uniform introduced in 1977, with a range of mix and match options, and the checkered cravat replacing the bow tie

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Police officers socialising at a Section House, London

Police officers socialising at a Section House, London
Police officers, male and female, socialising in a sitting room at a Met Police Section House in London. By the fireplace on the left is WPC Doreen Lyess

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: POLICEWOMEN 1940S

POLICEWOMEN 1940S
A woman asks two policewomen for directions, probably somewhere in central London. Date: 1940s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence training exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence training exercise
Woman police officer taking part in a self-defence training exercise. Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers at work in a station, London

Two women police officers at work in a station, London
Two women police officers at work in a London police station, having a discussion in an office. Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Women police officers in self-defence exercise

Women police officers in self-defence exercise
Two women police officers taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event. One of them is Inspector Sheila Ward. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two police officers in SPG van, Met Police, London

Two police officers in SPG van, Met Police, London
Two police officers, one male, one female (WPC McKay), in an SPG (Special Patrol Group) van, Met Police, London. The SPG was set up in 1961 to provide a centrally-based mobile capability for dealing

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Inspector Sheila Ward, Met Police, London

Inspector Sheila Ward, Met Police, London
Inspector Sheila Ward (b.c1937), Met Police, London, the first woman to hold the post of Station Inspector, at Kings Cross. Seen here speaking to a line of male police officers

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Princess Margaret meeting Metropolitan Police officers

Princess Margaret meeting Metropolitan Police officers during a visit to the Commissioners Mess. Among those present are Assistant Commissioner John Gerrard

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Inspector Janet Knott, Met Police, London

Inspector Janet Knott, Met Police, London
Inspector Janet Knott, first woman inspector in the Traffic Division of the Met Police, London. Seen here speaking on a motorcycle radio, with a male colleague on the right. Date: circa 1970s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer riding horse, London

Woman police officer riding horse, London
Woman police officer (Marion Hatton) riding her horse in a park. Women were appointed to the Mounted Branch in 1970. Date: circa 1977

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Dorothy Peto, first Woman Superintendent, Met Police

Dorothy Peto, first Woman Superintendent, Met Police
Dorothy Olivia Georgiana Peto (1886-1974), first Woman Superintendent in the London Metropolitan Police. She served from 1930 until 1946, receiving the OBE in 1920 and the Kings Police Medal in 1944

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in white shirt and bowler hat, London

Woman police officer in white shirt and bowler hat, London
Woman police officer in the short-sleeved white shirt and dark trousers from the mix and match uniform introduced in 1977, together with the reinforced bowler hat introduced in 1985. Date: circa 1985

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers in new bowler hat, London

Two women police officers in new bowler hat, London
Two women police officers (Deborah Barnes on right) in the mix and match uniform introduced in 1977, wearing the reinforced bowler hat introduced in 1985. Date: circa 1985

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Eight women police officers in new Surrey uniform

Eight women police officers in new Surrey uniform
Eight women police officers posing in the new Surrey uniform introduced in 1973. The jacket was single-breasted with four buttons, trousers were introduced as an option

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in Bather uniform, London

Woman police officer in Bather uniform, London
Woman police officer posing in the Bather style uniform which was worn from 1946 to 1968 -- double-breasted overcoat (winter wear), white shirt and tie, peaked cap with badge, and duty armband

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer in a London street

Woman police officer in a London street, sticking a yellow label on a car windscreen, with a Metropolitan Police Vehicle Removal Unit lorry behind her

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Male and female police officers on duty in London

Male and female police officers on duty in London, walking along a pavement with traffic on the road in the background. The WPC (Siobhan Clark)

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers in updated uniform, London

Two women police officers in updated uniform, London
Two women police officers posing in the updated uniform introduced in 1977, with a range of mix and match options. The checkered cravat replaced the bow tie, though here the cravat is not patterned

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers outside a police station

Two women police officers outside a police station. On the left is a sergeant, on the right WPC Daphne Acton in the new style Norman Hartnell uniform, introduced in 1968. Date: circa late 1960s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Male and female police officers in a London street

Male and female police officers in a London street, with a building called Benson Court behind them (probably in N19). The WPC is wearing the reinforced bowler hat introduced in 1985

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Women police officers at passing out parade, London

Women police officers at passing out parade, London
Two women police officers in uniform, with medals, at a Cadet School passing out parade, London, in the summer of 1981. Date: 1981

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Woman police officer Shirley Jennings, London

Woman police officer Shirley Jennings, London
Woman police officer Shirley Jennings (joined May 1941, later Becke), standing in a park on a sunny day. Date: circa 1940s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Police in Uniform 1977

Police in Uniform 1977
WPC wearing Surrey cap and PC wearing Queen Elizabeth II helmet plate, EIIR Metropolitan Police

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers in a London street

Two women police officers in a London street
Two women police officers walking along a London street, going past the Talbot Cafe. Date: circa 1920s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two police officers in a police station, London

Two police officers in a police station, London
Two police officers, one male, one female, in a police station, London, standing on either side of the counter. Date: circa 1930s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two police officers working in a station, London

Two police officers working in a station, London
Two police officers working in a London police station. The WPC is Maureen (Mo) Dennison. Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Two women police officers working in a station, London

Two women police officers working in a station, London
Two women police officers working in a London police station, looking in a book. One of them is Maureen (Mo) Dennison (right). Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Five police officers, including Inspector Helen Hunt

Five police officers, including Inspector Helen Hunt, who is wearing the Norman Hartnell style womens uniform introduced in 1968

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Male and female police officers at an inspection parade

Male and female police officers at an inspection parade
Police officers (including one woman) taking part in an inspection parade, Met Police, London. Date: circa early 1960s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Male and female police officers in Nijmegen March, Holland

Male and female police officers in Nijmegen March, Holland
Male and female police officers of the Met Police taking part in a Nijmegen March in Holland. Date: 1950s

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: CS Winifred Barker and Superintendent Shirley Becke

CS Winifred Barker and Superintendent Shirley Becke
Winifred Theodora Barker (c1909-1995), third commander of the Met Police A4 (Women s) Branch, rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1960

Background imagePolicewomen Collection: Police officers in canteen at Peel House, London

Police officers in canteen at Peel House, London
Police officers, male and female, drinking cups of tea in the canteen at Peel House, a Met Police training centre in London. Date: circa 1930s



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