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Four early women police officers in uniform, WW1

Four early women police officers in uniform, WW1


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Four early women police officers in uniform, WW1

Four early women police officers in uniform, in the street outside the Women Police Service building, London, on duty during the First World War. Date: 1914-1918

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This evocative photograph captures the determination and courage of four early women police officers on duty during the First World War, standing proudly outside the Women Police Service building in London. Dating back to the period between 1914 and 1918, this image offers a rare glimpse into the history of women in law enforcement during a time of great upheaval and change. The women, dressed in their distinctive uniforms, are seen wearing brimmed hats with a peaked crown, a design that was later replaced by the more familiar peaked cap. Their stern expressions and upright posture convey a sense of discipline and focus, as they prepare for their daily duties. The Women Police Service, also known as the WPS or Metropolitan Police Women's Patrols, was established in 1915 to help free up male officers for active military service. The WPS was an important step towards greater gender equality in the workplace, as women were given the opportunity to serve and protect their communities in a time of need. The photograph also serves as a reminder of the significant role that women played in the war effort, both on the home front and in the armed forces. As the world marked the centenary of the First World War, this image offers a powerful reminder of the sacrifices and achievements of these early women police officers, who paved the way for future generations of women in law enforcement and beyond.

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