/ Women in policing

On patrol in 1917

 
This is the earliest image of uniformed female policing in our archives.
Eliza Jane Ashworth pictured (right) on patrol with a colleague in 1917.
She was one of a number of Manchester City Police’s female staff to be given uniform and allowed to patrol certain locations.

 

On Patrol in 1917

On Patrol in 1917

Pioneer

Clara Walkden, the first sworn female constable in what is now the Greater Manchester Police area.
Clara joined Oldham Borough Police in 1921 and pioneered a path that thousands of other women would follow.

Pioneer

Pioneer

WPCs on parade

Female officers of Manchester City Police are inspected and briefed prior to starting duty in 1963.
WPCs on Parade

WPCs on Parade

Deansgate Parade

A group of female police officers parade down Deansgate, Manchester, in the 1970s.

Deansgate Parade

Deansgate Parade

Striking a Pose in 1977

Two Greater Manchester Police officers strike a pose for the camera in one of a series of image intended to be used in a recruitment campaign in 1977.

Striking a Pose in 1977

Striking a Pose in 1977

Firearms Officer

Greater Manchester Police firearms officer in training. The Tactical Firearms Unit is part of the Force's Specialist Operations Branch.

Firearms Officer

Firearms Officer

Special Constabulary at Work

Greater Manchester Police has carried out a large crime reduction operation on one of Manchester’s busiest nights of the year.

Special Constabulary at Work

Special Constabulary at Work

At the Airport in 1979

This image, which dates from 1979, is part of a series Greater Manchester Police produced for a recruitment campaign.

At the Airport in 1979

At the Airport in 1979

Pioneer of 1972

Manchester and Salford Police Cadet Ruth Harding smiles for the camera at a recruitment event - possibly at Belle Vue - in 1972.

Pioneer of 1972

Pioneer of 1972

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