4 Jun 2018

NZ’s first policewomen

From Queen's Birthday, 11:45 am on 4 June 2018
Police historian Valerie Redshaw.

Police historian Valerie Redshaw. Photo: RNZ/Megan Whelan

The third of June marked the anniversary of the first women to train for the police force. In 1941 ten trainees were chosen. They had to be between 25 and 40 years old, pass a medical test, have shorthand and typing skills, and unmarried or widowed.

Megan Whelan speaks to Valerie Redshaw, author of Tact and Tenacity: New Zealand Women in Policing, and a former officer for NZ Police and the London Met.