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Women were trail blazers in policing says Assistant Commissioner

Women were trail blazers in policing says Assistant Commissioner

With its 175th Anniversary of SAPOL this year and one of the oldest police forces in the world, policing has changed from horses and camels to cars and motor bikes. Now there is cyber crime with international partners and police are expected to keep up to date with the latest technology said SAPOL Assistant Commissioner, Detective Inspector Bronwyn Killmier when she was orator at the Sir Condor Laucke Oration Dinner held at the Vine Inn, Nuriootpa last Thursday.

With an attendance of around 106 people, representing mainly service club members of the Barossa Valley, call to order was given by Mrs Elva Falland and official welcome was given by Ms June Austin, president of the  Soroptimist International of Barossa Valley, representing the host club.

Continuing her address, Asst. Comm. Killmier said in 1915 discussion took place with the view to employ women as police officers yet the commissioner at the time did not want to embrace the idea but supported it generally.

Over 200 people applied for the first woman police officer’s potition. Initially women police were charged with protecting women in brothels and slums. At the time there was no support for the destitute. Help was also given to those who were most in poverty and the disadvantaged.

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