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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.

100 Years 100 Women

Nina Boyle

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Metropolitan Police Service. One of the pioneers of the women's police service in Britain

1914

Jean Thomson

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Scotland's first female Police Sister

1881 - 1940

Bertha Gleghorn

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Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. First female officer to die on duty during WW2

1940 - 1944

Margaret Damar Dawson

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Police Officer. Founder of the Women Police Service in 1914.

1914 - 1920

Dorothy Peto OBE

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Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service. The first attested Woman Superintendent in the London Metropolitan Police from 1930 to 1946.

1930 - 1946

Edith Smith

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Police Constable, Lincolnshire Police. The first woman police constable in the country to be sworn in, with official powers of arrest.

1915 - 1918

Lillian Wyles

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Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. Recognised as the first female detective in Metropolitan Police Service.

1919 - 1949

Sophia Stanley

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Police officer, Metropolitan Police Service. She designed the first women's police uniform, known as the Stanley uniform

1917 - 1922

Jessie Alexander

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Chief Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police. The second female police officer in the City Force to serve for 30 years.

1936 - 1966

Helen Welburn

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Superintendent, Cheshire Constabulary. Introduced Probationer of the Year Award, which has been running ever since.

1949 -1977

Kathleen Parrot & Ethel Bush

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First women to receive the George Medal in 1955.

1955

Marion McMillian MBE, BEM

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Police Officer, Police Service of Northern Ireland. Established the women police branch in 1943 in the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

1943

Sislin Fay Allen

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Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. First black female officer to be recruited.

1968 - 1972

Stella Kathleen Solomon

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Police Officer, Northamptonshire Police. The first female police officer in Northants

1968 - 1972

Alison Halford

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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.

1962 - 1992

Jennifer Hilton Baroness Hilton of Eggardon

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Police Officer, Metropolitan Police Service. First MPS officer to be ennobled

1956 - 1990

Brenda Mann

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Police Sergeant, Suffolk Constabulary. Suffolk force’s first woman police sergeant.

Jackie Malton

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Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police Service. First female police officer to join ‘The Flying Squad’.

Janet Skeef (nee Bond)

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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.

Colette Paul QPM

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Chief Constable, Bedfordshire.

1986 - 2015

Sue Sim

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Chief Constable, Northumbria Police.

1986 - 2015

Angela Wilson

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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

1984-2015

Barbara Wilding CBE, QPM

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Chief Constable, South Wales Constabulary. First female Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary.

1970 - 2009

Eugenie Brooks

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Police Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Service. Organised motorcycle days for female officers for the MPS and for Surrey Police.

1986 - 2014

Carmel Napier QPM

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Chief Constable, Gwent Police

1983 - 2013

Civil Nuclear Constabulary

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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

1977 - 2014

Cressida Dick

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Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service. First female Assistant Commissioner & Previous President of BAWP. Awarded the CBE in 2015 and now Commissioner of MPS.

1983 - present

Della Cannings QPM

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Chief Constable, North Yorkshire Police.

1975 - 2007

Dame Elizabeth Neville

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Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police. First female Chief Constable for Wiltshire and first police woman to be made a Dame (DBE).

Ellie Bird

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Chief Superintendent, British Transport Police. Previous Vice President of BAWP.

Jane Townsley

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Chief Inspector, British Transport Police. IAWP President

1986 - 2013

Jackie Roberts

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Chief Constable, Dyfed Powys Police. First female Chief Constable in Dyfed-Powys

1983 - 2014

Jan Berry

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Inspector, Kent Constabulary. First female Chair of Police Federation of England and Wales.

1973 - 2008

Judith Gillespie

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Deputy Chief Constable, Police Service Northern Ireland. Appointed the first female Assistant Chief Constable in the history of Northern Ireland policing.

1982 - 2014

Julia Hodson

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Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police. The first female Chief Officer for West Yorkshire Police.

1982 - 2012

Julie Spence, CBE QPM

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Chief Constable, Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Previous president of BAWP.

1978 - 2010

Katherine Govier QPM

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Assistant Chief Constable, Bedfordshire Police. Awarded BAWP Lifetime achievement & QPM in 2013

1982 - 2013

Liz Pettman

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Superintendent, Suffolk Police. Keeping Equality and Diversity issues on the agenda for the past 40 years, even in her retirement.

1977 - 2007

Norma Graham

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Chief Constable, Fife Constabulary. First female Chief Constable appointed in Scotland.

1978 - 2013

Mandy Chapman

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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.

1983 - 2013

Pauline Clare

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Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary. First Female Chief Constable, appointed in 1995

1995

Shirley Tulloch QPM

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Retired Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service. Shirley provided an outstanding contribution to the service, both internally and externally.

Stephanie Morgan QPM

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Assistant Chief Constable, Leicestershire Police. An outstanding role model for gay personnel. Awarded the QPM in 2015.

Susan Thomson

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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.

1983 - 2014

Suzanne Williams QPM

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Police Officer, Metropolitan Police Service. First female head of Hostage unit at New Scotland Yard.

Wilma Canning

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Human Resources Equality & Diversity Adviser, Police Scotland (previously Tayside Police). Vital in developing Gender Agenda in Scotland.

Yvonne Rhoden

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Police Constable, Metropolitan Police Service. Instrumental in changing national and international policy in relation to domestic violence, honour based violence and female genital mutilation

1984 - 2014

Judy Davison

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Commander, City of London Police. First President of BAWP.

Angela Williams

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Chief Superintendent, West Yorkshire Police. Contribution to the development of female officers and staff through the mentoring she provides.

Present

Annita Clarke

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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.

1989 - Present

Carol Evans

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Inspector, Dyfed Powys Police. The first female Officer to be promoted to the Rank of Inspector in Dyfed-Powys Police, in 2001.

Present

Sue Fish

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Deputy Chief Constable, Nottinghamshire Police. First Detective Superintendent in Nottinghamshire.

1986 - present

Debi Potter

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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.

1988 - Present

Dee Collins QPM

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Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police. President of BAWP.

1987 - Present

Elizabeth Kenworthy

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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.

Present

Gaynor Grout

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Police Constable, Surrey Police. Awarded in the QPM in 2014

1980 - Present

Heather Roach

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T/Deputy Chief Constable, Lincolnshire Police. The first female substantive officer to be promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in the county

1987 - Present

Helen Spooner

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Detective Inspector, Cheshire Constabulary. Awarded the QPM in 2015

1999 - Present

Irene Curtis

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Chief Superintendent, Lancashire Constabulary.. First Female President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England & Wales.

1985 - Present

Janette Elise McCormick

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Deputy Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary Awarded the QPM in 2015

1989 - Present

Jackie Alexander

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Detective Superintendent, Nottinghamshire Police. Founder member of Notts women’s network and long-standing BAWP Committee member.

1989 - Present

Jacqui Cheer QPM

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Chief Constable, Cleveland Police. Twice hosted Senior Women in Policing Conference

1994 - Present

Jane Sawyers

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Chief Constable, Staffordshire Police.

1984 - Present

Professor Jennifer Brown

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London School of Economics. Contribution made to better understanding of the issues faced by women in policing through publication of academic research.

Present

Justine Curran QPM

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Chief Constable, Humberside Police.

1989 - Present

Karen Watkins

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Director of Corporate Services, Cheshire Constabulary. Awarded the MBE in 2012

Present

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