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A century of women on the beat

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By Fiona Reid
A century of women on the beat

THIS year marks the 100th anniversary of women in policing and events are taking place locally next month to mark the milestone.

On Friday June 26, police headquarters at Cornwall Mount, Dumfries, will be open to the public from 10 am – 2 pm to celebrate females in the force.
A display will demonstrate how the roles of women in policing have changed dramatically over the years. Memorabilia from the legacy Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary museum will be on show alongside many of the new and diverse roles that women now perform in policing.
Sergeant Nicola Robison, who has been leading the group working on the commemoration event, said: “It is clear that the roles available to women have dramatically changed over the decades and these events are being put on to demonstrate some of these changes.
“We hope that former women officers and members of staff who served in the police in Dumfries and Galloway are able to come along and share some of their own experiences with us over a cup of tea, and see for themselves how the job has changed.”
She added: “We want this to be a celebration of 100 years of women in policing and our doors are open to anyone who might want see at firsthand the opportunities that the job now offers women.”
A second event will take place in Stranraer on Tuesday June 23.

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