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Period 1940-1959

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1940

One Sergeant and five constables of the Met. Women Police seconded to Isle of Man to police the female Internment camp for enemy aliens until 1945.

1940
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1941

An unexploded shell hit Pembridge Hall.

Assistant Commissioner George Abiss donated the Lady Abiss Trophy for the Annual First Aid Competition.

1941
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1942

Members of the Women's Auxiliary Police Corps were attested.

Women Police Section of the Metropolitan Police Athletics Association (M.P.A.A.) was formed.

1942
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1944

WPC 128 Bertha Massey Gleghorn WN 423 was killed by a V1 bomb whilst on duty at Tottenham Court Road on 19 June 1944. She was aged 33 and was the first women police officer to be killed whilst on duty.

Women Police were involved on duty in many air raid incidents.

Pembridge Hall was damaged by incendiary bombs.

1944
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1945

Women police seconded to Germany (British zone) until 1949

February women police posted to Thames Division - but not on the boats

1945
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1946

Superintendent Peto retired.

Miss Elizabeth Bather, OBEWN 552 appointed Superintendent in charge of A.4 Branch. (ex- Group Captain in WAAF)

The marriage bar removed.

256 women police serving in the Met. 886 women police in the rest of England and Wales.

The Women’s Auxiliary Police Corp disbanded.

New style 'Bather' uniform introduced and worn until 1967.

Women Police allowed to take part in VE Parade.

1946
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1947

In September, Home Office authorised a big increase of 100 in the establishment- from 50

Women officers earn £4. 9shillings a week + 9-shilling 6pence rent allowance.

Woman Detective Sergeant Alberta Watts WN 391 awarded Kings Police and Fire Service Medal for gallantry. Highly commended by the Commissioner and awarded £15 from the Bow Street Fund for acting as a decoy on Tooting Bec Common where women were being attacked and robbed.

This was the first award of gallantry made to a Women Police Officer.

Swimming, tennis, shooting, hockey, athletics and choir sections formed within the Women Police Section of the M.P.A.A.

1947
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1948

Women admitted to the Police Federation.

The age limit was lowered from 24 to 20 as an experiment.

Pay - Woman Constable £4.14 shillings to £6.15 shillings a week; Sergeant £7.08 shillings a week; Inspector £510 a year.

18 Pembridge Square was acquired as an additional house to Pembridge Hall Section House.

Peto House in Aybrook Street, named after Miss Peto and replaced Wandsworth Section House for women in training.

1948
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1949

Superintendent Bather WN 552 promoted to Chief Superintendent.

Establishment NOW 338. - Strength 235 uniform and 21 CID.

The rest of the country had 888 women officers

Inspector Wyles WN 23 retired with 30 years’ service. Inspector Ettridge WN 235 took over.

In that year as well as taking statements, Women C.I.D. officers made 440 arrests.

Chief Superintendent Bather wrote, “The work of the women in C. I. D. is widening every year”

Every division except ‘A' and 'Y' had a Woman C.I.D. Officer.

Cricket and Walking women sections formed in the Women Police Section of MPAA

1949
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1950

Introduction of Women Specials.

Pay of WPC’s £290 - £380 a year plus rent-free accommodation or 17 shillings and sixpence in lieu.Woman Sergeant £400-£440 and a Woman Inspector £470-£510.

1950
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1951

Women Police strength to be increased by another 50.

Metropolitan Women Police Sports Club formed.

Netball section formed.

1951
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1952

George VI died.

Women Police first took part in Nijmegen Marches. Nine Women Police supervised by Supt. Smith

1952
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1953

Coronation of Elizabeth II. Women Police employed on the ceremonial procession looking after school children along the Embankment

Police Council established; election of Federation women advisers.

First Aid Competition for Grace Lucas Trophy introduced.

1953
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1954

CID attachments for women introduced.

Seamed black nylon stockings introduced.

26th January - Women Police to wear Divisional letters on shoulder straps (epaulettes) in place of MP.

1954
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1955

Awards of the George Medal to W.P.S. Ethel Bush WN 578 and W.P.C. Kathleen Parrott WN 1000 for courage whilst engaged on observation during an investigation into sex offences, acting as decoy on Fairfield Path, Croydon.

1955
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1956

The Dixon Committee recommended an increase in Women Police establishment to 656.

1956
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1957

Women Police manned first casualty bureau after the Lewisham rail crash.

Women Officers served with the British Police Unit in Cyprus until 1959.

Women Detective Sergeants Shirley Becke WN 478 and Barbara Kelley WN 598 promoted to Detective Inspectors, the first two Women Detective Inspectors posted to Divisions for general duties.

1957
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1958

Badminton Section of Women Police Sports Club formed.

1958
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1959

Street Offences Act introduced. A4. Central Index of Prostitutes formed.

Woman Detective Constable appointed to Flying Squad.

Establishment 575: Strength 429 Uniform and 49 CID.

1959