Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Robert Dougherty

Hero­ines in blue gath­ered from across the Kimberley to cel­e­brate 100 years of women in polic­ing last week.

About 30 fe­male of­fi­cers and staff from Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Cross­ing and across the re­gion con­gre­gated to dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties and is­sues of the job at Man­grove Ho­tel last Tues­day. About five se­nior ex­ec­u­tive lead­ers trav­elled for the event in­clud­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Kel­lie Prop­er­john and Com­man­der Jo McCabe from Perth.

Guest pre­sen­ta­tions were made by Fiona Fis­cher, Dr Elaine Rab­bitt and Melva Stone OAM along­side the Kimberley’s first Abo­rig­i­nal li­ai­son of­fi­cer, Co­rina Mar­tin, who took the role in 1987.

Kimberley po­lice Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Tony Jeav­ons said woman po­lice of­fi­cers had made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the past cen­tury and would con­tinue in the next 100 years.

“(This year) cel­e­brates 100 years of women in polic­ing and is a fantastic mile­stone that recog­nises the sig­nif­i­cant role and in­flu­ence that our fe­male of­fi­cers and staff have made in polic­ing,” he said. “Join­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Kel­lie Prop­er­john and sev­eral se­nior fe­male po­lice of­fi­cers, we in­vited a num­ber of in­flu­en­tial Kimberley fe­male lead­ers to talk can­didly to our Kimberley of­fi­cers to en­cour­age them to con­tinue to chal­lenge the bar­ri­ers.

“We were very pleased to have Ms Fiona Fis­cher, Dr Elaine Rab­bitt, Ms Melva Stone OAM and Ms Co­rina Mar­tin . . . share their own per­sonal lead­er­ship chal­lenges, so apart from cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of po­lice women in the Kimberley, we hope that it will in­spire women, par­tic­u­larly indige­nous women, to fol­low in their foot­steps.”

Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Tony Jeav­ons, Sergeant Shel­ley Marklew and Se­nior Sergeant Jeremy Marklew.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Paulette Brown, Pat Medlend and Gaynor McNeill-Fer­gu­son.

Pearl Ha­m­aguchi and guest speaker Melva Stone.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Melissa Raye, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mary Brown and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Fran Jol­liffe.

First-class Con­sta­ble Samara Munro and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jo Barnes

Sergeant Michael Hen­der­son and Se­nior Sergeant Shea Wake­lin.

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