Celebrating 100 years of women in the NSW police force

CELEBRATIONS of 100 years of women in the NSW Police force will happen in spectacular style on tomorrow at Ballina.

Themed 'Celebrating Compassion, Courage and Strength' the 100 years of women in NSW policing celebrates a century since Lillian Armfield and Maude Rhodes were employed as the states first special constables in 1915.

To help mark the occasion, a custom-made NSW police baton, which has toured the state over the past six months, will be involved in a relay down Ballina's River St.

The baton will be lowered about 10am by a Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew member into the Richmond River where a police officer on a jet ski will pick it up.

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The jet ski will take the baton to Fawcett St wharf, where local police will relay it along River St to the Missingham Park amphitheatre.

Richmond Local Area Commander Superintendent Greg Martin said the celebrations would showcase the history, as well as past and present achievements of women in the force.

"We now have hundreds of committed and successful women working in diverse roles such as the gog unit, rescue squad, mounted unit and detectives," he said.

"Today the NSW police force offers women extensive opportunities, interesting experiences and interaction with people from all walks of life, while the organisation is rewarded with the important skills and experience they bring to the job. I am honoured to be part of the state-wide celebrations and encourage all members of the local community to come and help us mark this special moment in Australian history."

Supt Martin said the celebrations from 10.30 am will include a free barbecue, face painting and activities for the kids, displays by the police rescue unit, memorabilia and historical displays and a cake cutting ceremony.

He said today, NSW police boasted 4542 female sworn police officers and 2581 female unsworn police officers and a lifetime of achievements in Local Area Commands and specialist units.

In conjunction with the 100 years of women in policing a colouring in competition sponsored by Kmart Lismore attracted 230 entries.

The winner of a Playstation 3 and game will be announced on Friday.


Relay details

When: Friday

Where: Fawcett St wharf, along River St to Missingham Park amphitheatre

Time: Relay starts at 10am

Entry: Free