As part of the celebrations to celebrate 100 years of women in policing in 2015, BAWP held an exhibition at the Awards luncheon showcasing 100 women in policing past and present.
Here are the women that were put forward. Please note that the ranks and forces refer to the situation that existed in 2015, so many are now not current.
A huge thank to everyone who put forward names for the project. It was a humbling experience to read about all the phenomenal women in policing in the last 100 years.
Metropolitan Police Service. One of the pioneers of the women’s police service in Britain
Scotland’s first female Police Sister
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. First female officer to die on duty during WW2
Police Officer. Founder of the Women Police Service in 1914.
Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service. The first attested Woman Superintendent in the London Metropolitan Police from 1930 to 1946.
Police Constable, Lincolnshire Police. The first woman police constable in the country to be sworn in, with official powers of arrest.
Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. Recognised as the first female detective in Metropolitan Police Service.
Police officer, Metropolitan Police Service. She designed the first women’s police uniform, known as the Stanley uniform
Chief Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police. The second female police officer in the City Force to serve for 30 years.
Superintendent, Cheshire Constabulary. Introduced Probationer of the Year Award, which has been running ever since.
First women to receive the George Medal in 1955.
Police Officer, Police Service of Northern Ireland. Established the women police branch in 1943 in the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. First black female officer to be recruited.
Police Officer, Northamptonshire Police. The first female police officer in Northants
Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside Police. First woman to be appointed to the rank, and thereby smashed through the glass ceiling for a lot of Policewomen.
Police Officer, Metropolitan Police Service. First MPS officer to be ennobled
Police Sergeant, Suffolk Constabulary. Suffolk force’s first woman police sergeant.
Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. First female police officer to join ‘The Flying Squad’.
Police Officer, Sussex Police. First senior woman officer in Sussex Police and responsible for setting up the entire Policewomen’s department for the county in the late 60s.
Chief Constable, Bedfordshire.
Chief Constable, Northumbria Police.
Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland (previously in Tayside Police). A giant within policing in Scotland, she has immense credibility due to her sound operational background and has been a trailblazer throughout her career
Chief Constable, South Wales Constabulary. First female Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary.
Police Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Service. Organised motorcycle days for female officers for the MPS and for Surrey Police.
Chief Constable, Gwent Police
Gillian Spence (1977-2014) Police Constable, Civil Nuclear Constabulary. Longest serving female Authorised Firearms Officer. ********************************** Linda Smith (1978-2014) Inspector, Civil Nuclear Constabulary. Thought to be the longest serving female police officer the UK has ever had
Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service. First female Assistant Commissioner & Previous President of BAWP. Awarded the CBE in 2015 and now Commissioner of MPS.
Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police.
Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police. First female Chief Constable for Wiltshire and first police woman to be made a Dame (DBE).
Chief Superintendent, British Transport Police. Previous Vice President of BAWP.
Chief Inspector, British Transport Police. IAWP President
Chief Constable, Dyfed Powys Police. First female Chief Constable in Dyfed-Powys
Inspector, Kent Constabulary. First female Chair of Police Federation of England and Wales.
Deputy Chief Constable, Police Service Northern Ireland. Appointed the first female Assistant Chief Constable in the history of Northern Ireland policing.
Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police. The first female Chief Officer for West Yorkshire Police.
Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Previous president of BAWP.
Assistant Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police. Awarded BAWP Lifetime achievement & QPM in 2013
Superintendent, Suffolk Police. Keeping Equality and Diversity issues on the agenda for the past 40 years, even in her retirement.
Chief Constable, Fife Constabulary. First female Chief Constable appointed in Scotland.
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. A role model and trailblazer. Worked as one of the few female general purpose dog handlers and also as a specialised blood detection dog handler. A long-standing Committee member of BAWP.
Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary. First Female Chief Constable, appointed in 1995
Retired Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service. Shirley provided an outstanding contribution to the service, both internally and externally.
Assistant Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police. An outstanding role model for gay personnel. Awarded the QPM in 2015.
Police Sergeant, Thames Valley Police. The first female Public Order Instructor in TVP and became a specialist in teaching self-defence, riot tactics and evidence gathering. Since retiring has become a qualified midwife.
Police Officer, Metropolitan Police Service. First female head of Hostage unit at New Scotland Yard.
Human Resources Equality & Diversity Adviser, Police Scotland (previously Tayside Police). Vital in developing Gender Agenda in Scotland.
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. Instrumental in changing national and international policy in relation to domestic violence, honour based violence and female genital mutilation
Commander, City of London Police. First President of BAWP.
Chief Superintendent, West Yorkshire Police. Contribution to the development of female officers and staff through the mentoring she provides.
Inspector, Bedfordshire Police. One of only two British officers to win IAWP award for Officer of the Year, in 2013. Now Regional Coordinator for IAWP in the area covering most of Europe.
Inspector, Dyfed Powys Police. The first female Officer to be promoted to the Rank of Inspector in Dyfed-Powys Police, in 2001.
Deputy Chief Constable, Nottinghamshire Police. First Detective Superintendent in Nottinghamshire.
Chief Officer, Special Constabulary, Dorset Police. The only female Chief Officer of Special Constabulary in the UK and was the first ever woman Chair of the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers. Also a full time Unison rep, and former BAWP Committee member.
Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police. President of BAWP.
Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. Awarded the MBE following her actions whilst off duty at the scene of the London tube bombings on July 7th as well as an IAWP Medal of Valour.
Police Constable, Surrey Police. Awarded in the QPM in 2014
T/Deputy Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police. The first female substantive officer to be promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in the county
Detective Inspector, Cheshire Constabulary. Awarded the QPM in 2015
Chief Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary.. First Female President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England & Wales.
Deputy Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary Awarded the QPM in 2015
Detective Superintendent, Nottinghamshire Police. Founder member of Notts women’s network and long-standing BAWP Committee member.
Chief Constable, Cleveland Police. Twice hosted Senior Women in Policing Conference
Chief Constable, Staffordshire Police.
London School of Economics. Contribution made to better understanding of the issues faced by women in policing through publication of academic research.
Chief Constable, Humberside Police.
Director of Corporate Services, Cheshire Constabulary. Awarded the MBE in 2012