CELEBRATING OFFICERS IN THE KIMBERLEY.
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.