A new exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of New Zealand policewomen is set to open at the New Zealand Police Museum this weekend.
The exhibition follows the progress women have made from early years through to today. It highlights women who have challenged the expectations of them, pushed boundaries and succeeded in every facet of police work, including the Armed Offenders Squad, the Maritime Unit and the Dog Section.
Museum Director Rowan Carroll says, “Through photographs, videos and interviews the exhibition captures the stories of some remarkable women, all of whom have a strong commitment to NZ Police.
Women were allowed to drive a patrol car in the 1970s.
Policewomen were recruited and attained constabulary powers for the first time in 1941, but getting to that point was a struggle in itself,” Carroll said."
In a memo written in 1916 from the Wellington Inspector of Police to the Commissioner, Inspector Hendry wrote, “The greatest difficulty we have in training these men is to teach them to control their tongues, how long it would take to train women I do not know.”
“Several current policewomen are profiled, and their stories are a celebration of their careers in Police and the amazing experiences they have been able to have in the job,” Carroll says.
The exhibition will also profile the seven women who have achieved Superintendent rank.
The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 22 October. The Police Museum is located at the Royal New Zealand Police College, at Papakowhai Road in Porirua.
“I would really encourage people to come and see it, especially young women who are considering a future with the NZ Police,” Carroll concludes.