75 years of women

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

For Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jackie Drayson cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of po­lice­women is not just about her pro­fes­sion but all ca­reer women.

June 3 1941 was when women were first ac­cepted into po­lice train­ing in New Zealand and Thurs­dsy Drayson will join her South Waikato col­leagues for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the an­niver­sary.

That will in­clude the hand­ing over of a ba­ton which is mak­ing its way around the coun­try.

The two halves of the il­lu­mi­nated torch, which rep­re­sents the New Zealand Po­lice tohu, started a tour of the twelve Polic­ing dis­tricts on 24th of June si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Cape Reinga and Bluff.

One half trav­el­lined up the South Is­land and an­other down the North Is­land, stop­ping off for events in a num­ber of towns and cities along the way.

‘‘Our cel­e­bra­tions will start at the Pu­taruru Water Park at 8am and it would be nice to get other women to come and join us too be­cause this is not only about po­lice­women but women in any ca­reer re­ally that has been tra­di­tion­ally male dom­i­nated,’’ she said.

The Ti­rau Fire Bri­gade will then take Drayson, who is the only fe­male uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cer in Pu­taruru, and her col­leagues to Toko­roa where there will be a wel­com­ing at the Toko­roa Po­lice Sta­tion at 8.50am.

At 9.15 there will then be a pa­rade down Man­ner­ing St, Bridge St, Leith Pl, and Lo­gan St fol­lowed by speeches and morn­ing tea from 9.30am un­til 10am when the ba­ton will leave for Tu­rangi.

‘‘We are not only recog­nis­ing the an­niver­sary and cel­e­brat­ing achieve­ments but also the cur­rent women in New Zealand polic­ing,’’ Drayson said.

She said since 1941 there have been five po­lice­women at the Pu­taruru Po­lice Sta­tion where she has worked for 15 of her 17 years with the po­lice.

She is cur­rently the sta­tion’s youth aid con­sta­ble.

‘‘It is a ca­reer that al­lows di­ver­sity and for you to be an equal.

I have al­ways been very lucky in this job and ac­cepted for who I am,’’ she said.

‘‘I think we are an or­gan­i­sa­tion where woman are very ac­cepted and have equal op­por­tu­ni­ties.

There are also a va­ri­ety of av­enues you can take to suit your strengths and per­son­al­ity.’’

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Toko­roa Darts As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Jamie Bar­low, Tawhaki Web­ber, and Ro­heem Bar­low are set to take part in two na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

Con­sta­ble Jackie Drayson is look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing 75 years since women were first ac­cepted into the New Zealand po­lice.

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